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  • Hold Baggage Screening System Improvements

    Timeline:  Completed
    Estimated Cost:  $9.7M

    A temporary baggage handling facility is being constructed to allow for the current baggage make-up area to be renovated and existing equipment replaced with more advanced, internationally compatible technology.  The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) priority is the security of the travelling public and these improvements will ensure that their system continues to employ the best industry practices and standards.

    Beginning September 14th, upon arrival at the airport for a flight, passengers will continue to check-in with their airline but will be required to take their checked baggage only to the east end of the terminal building and drop them at the temporary baggage screening point.  From there, passengers proceed to the security checkpoint for pre-board screening.

    Passengers are reminded to arrive 90-mintues prior to their flight as the cut off time for checking-in with the airlines is 45 minutes prior to departure for a domestic flight and 60 minutes prior for an international flight.  

    This is a CATSA funded initiative.

  • Apron IV Expansion - Phase 1

    Timeline:  Completed
    Estimated Cost:  $7.1M

    Work includes:

    • Apron expansion finished area of approximately 17,000 m2.  Finished surface includes areas of approximately 4,000 m2 of concrete panels with the balance finished with asphalt surface.
    • Dual-purpose expansion area will serve as both remote parking for up to three aircraft as well a dedicated area for the application of Aircraft De-icing Fluid (ADF) in cooler weather.
    • Storm system improvements and upgrades include a new ADF collection system including above ground treatment tanks and a new treatment pond.
    • System automation for the ADF collection system.
    • Installation of inset lighting bases for future improvements on the apron.
    • New energy efficient floodlighting for improved illumination on the apron.
    • New camera monitoring equipment for improved security on the apron.

    Construction activity is taking place away from the terminal building and away from any interface with the travelling public. Travellers can expect to see construction activity on the apron however it will not have any impact on passenger facilities including terminal operations or parking operations. Roads leading to the airport will see some increased truck traffic but there will be no construction activities on the roads.

    Approximately 23,000 m3 of soil and clay will be removed; replaced with a similar amount of granular material; topped with 4,000 m2 of concrete 380mm thick, surround by 13,000 m2 of asphalt 200mm thick.  The project also includes new electrical service including a generator to service the apron expansion, the security building and the new Non-Passenger Screening-Vehicles (NPS-V) operation. 

    During construction, the public viewing area west of the terminal building will be closed to public access for safety reasons.

    For more worksite photos, visit our Photo Gallery.

    For more information about future plans, please see our Master Plan.

  • Apron IV Expansion - Phase 2

    Timeline:   Completed
    Cost:         $6.8M

    Work includes:

    • Earthworks for apron expansion including: topsoil stripping, excavation, grading, installation of granular sub-base, base, top soil and hydroseeding.
    • Apron expansion includes a newly constructed area of approximately 8,600 m2 and replacement of existing pavement with new concrete panels at existing stands 5,6, and 7 (approximately2,400 m2)
    • Existing asphalt areas of approximately 10,000 m2 on Taxiway A and Taxiway B are planned for rehabilitation by mill and overlay (70mm).
    • Existing asphalt areas on Apron IV are also planned for rehabilitation by mill and overlay (70mm). This area of approximately 18,000 m 2 is provisional.
    • Storm system improvements and upgrades include: removal of existing sub drain manholes, new sub drain, new manholes, and tie-ins to existing systems.
    • Paint marking removals and new line painting.
    • New lighting and electrical work.

    For more worksite photos, visit our Photo Gallery.

    For more information about future plans, please see our Master Plan.

  • The Lost Airmen of the Empire - Commemorative Sculpture at Hospital Hill

    "The Lost Airmen of the Empire" sculptural monument at Hospital Hill will honour the Allied Airmen who gave their lives at the Patricia Bay Air Station during the Second World War.  Victoria Sculptor Illarion Gallant will commence work on this project in Spring 2016 with completion in Fall 2016.

    Hospital Hill is located along Mills Road on the North side of the airport, was home to the Medical Facilities for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Station Patricia Bay during the Second World War.

    This monument was selected by the VAA and a group of citizens who formed a working group that had the common goal of increasing the awareness of the proud military history of the airport.  Approximately 1,000 salvaged bricks from the previously demolished military administration building have been saved and will be incorporated into the project.  This new display will recognize and honour those who gave their lives while serving at the airport during the Second World War.

    The main feature of this sculptural work will be 25 – 12 foot high Corten Steel Cooper’s Hawk Feathers.  The Cooper’s Hawk is a predator known for its extraordinary agility in flight and ferocity in hunting.  The names of the lost airmen will be water jet cut into the feathers.

    The area surrounding the monument will be landscaped.  A row of red maples will stand on either side of the path leading to the memorial and interpretive signage.  Seating areas will feature the saved bricks from the RCAF headquarters.  The central seating area will also hold a time capsule where community members can place sealed letters they have written to Veterans.  We look forward to our communities' involvement with this portion of the initiative.

    A public event to commemorate its completion will be held in spring 2017.

  • Long Term Parking and Covered Walkway Expansion

    Timeline: April 2017
    Estimated Cost:  $3.75M

    Project scope includes:

    • creating 325 parking spaces in the current overflow area at the very south end of the existing parking lot. The existing space is actually an abandoned portion of Willingdon Road that has been re-purposed for overflow parking;
    • parking area will include rain gardens for the treatment and attenuation of storm water flows off the paved surfaces;
    • there will be a pedestrian connection to the Electra roundabout to connect the Flight Path to the terminal precinct;
    • there will be two new electrical vehicle charging stations at the west end of the new area;
    • installation of a state of the art irrigation control system that will both significantly reduce the amount of water consumed and optimize the amount of water used in each zone based on plant type and weather conditions;
    • installation of two new covered walkways to provide additional cover for pedestrians. These will be in line with and extensions of the existing walkways;
    • installation of a generator to supply power to all of the public parking and car rental lots;
    • construction of a new bicycle assembly shelter near the location of the short term parking lot flag pole.

  • TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction

    Timeline:  Completed
    Estimated Cost: $450K

    Historic activities on Airport lands reduced the aquatic ecosystems in TenTen Creek to the point that fish and other aquatic life were rarely observed. The lands adjacent to the stream contain a federal dump site which contributes to poor water quality in the steam.  Near TenTen Creek, Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) had previously constructed a wetlands complex to provide much needed treatment for nutrient-heavy water from nearby farming operations. The stormwater complex has treated an estimated 2.5 billion litres of water since its initial construction in 2000. 

    In 2012, a discovery of juvenile sea-run cutthroat trout and three-spined stickleback occurred. The appearance of these species highlights the importance of reducing the harmful pollutants and restoring creek habitat areas to revitalize these freshwater ecosystems. Since the initial find, additional trout have been documented in the stream.

    In 2013, VAA executed a two phase project to enhance the existing facilities and improve water treatment systems. Phase one focused on clearing organic material, streamlining delivery of stormwater to the pond and creating a visual inspection point to determine dam stability. Phase two included the designing and building of an additional diversion channel to direct pond overflow into an irrigation retention area, reducing sediment and nutrient-rich stormwater entering TenTen Creek.

    The VAA has been working with local partners on this project such as Peninsula Streams, Shore keepers, Transport Canada and the Tseycum First Nation.  The project team includes, Kerr Wood Leidal as lead engineer, SLR Environmental and Watershed Ecological for environmental management and Rodd Excavating as the general contractor. 

    The 2016 TenTen Sediment Reduction Project is a massive undertaking that has been in the planning phase for over two years. 

    The scope of the project includes:

    • Reprofiling and armouring two large over-steepened banks that are part of the federal dumpsite to reduce future erosion.
    • Construction of two large sediment traps to reduce sediment load into the receiving waters at Patricia Bay.
    • Improve creek plantings and rip-rap to encourage aquatic habitat.
    • Remove visible garbage from the sections of the dumpsite.
    • Modify the current water flow in sections of the creek to reduce future bank erosion.

    VAA and its partners have been active stewards of the local watersheds for many years.  This project continues to show strong environmental leadership by restoring areas of concern that pre-date the airport authority taking control of the property in 1997.