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  • Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion
    Total Est. Cost:  $19.4M
    Completion:  This project is currently underway with completion anticipated for the Spring of 2020.

    In response to growth in passenger traffic, up-gauging of aircraft and the need to improve the safe operation of the apron and hold room, work was approved to create a building addition to meet a new state of operations.  The LHRX projects is a 1765m2 addition to the lower passenger departure lounge creating space to accommodate all ground load passenger traffic for the next decade and beyond including the addition of another gate position.

    Principle drivers include:  improving operational safety and efficiency for hold room operations; providing sufficient ground load capacity for both seating and serving passengers now and into the future; provide sufficient floorplate to allow additional revenue opportunities with the space.

    Design features and amenities will include:

    • Minimizing walking distances to aircraft;
    • covered walkways on aprons;
    • segregated gates with a one-podium, one-door, one-aircraft principle;
    • improved ground equipment storage;
    • new premium washroom facilities including pet relief for service animals and universal;
    • family room;
    • expanded food and beverage and additional retail; and
    • basement.

    Key milestones to October 2018 include:

    • Removing all falsework to below the suspended slab.
    • Pouring walls at stairs to north end.
    • All six monoliths above the suspended slab have been poured, the seventh monolith to the north has been formed and reinforced.
    • Formed and poured strip footings around south east tunnel.
    • Formed and poured and stripped exterior strip footings at east and west side.
    • Formwork and pouring to walls above exterior strip footings.
    • All level one mechanical pipe work in the ceilings inside and outside pre-board screening is complete.
    • Directional drilling work for storm line has been completed.

    Below is a time-lapse video of the last week of the construction project.  You can view previous weeks' videos on YouTube here and more progress pictures in our Photo Gallery.




  • Parking Improvements

    Parking Improvements

    Parking Improvements 2018
    Total Est. Cost:  $6.2M
    Completion:  Substantial completion by October 1, 2018.  Full completion December 2018. 
    Status:  Construction underway.

    This project will create approximately 525 new long term parking stalls, with a future toll plaza, in the area of open field immediately south of the car rental service facility, adjacent to the roundabout. The scope of work includes linking the three existing gravel overflow lots to the new lot in a manner that allows a single pay transaction location. Improved lighting for the overflow lots and appropriate pedestrian access to the ATB from the new lot will be part of the work as well.

    This 500+ space expansion will provide adequate capacity to absorb the overflow parking that is currently occurring into the gravel overflow lots formalizing this activity as permanent. It will be constructed with the infrastructure to operate a future toll plaza similar to the existing that offers pay on exit either through a kiosk or staffed booth. Natural growth will eventually fill the new permanent spots with the gravel lots continuing to provide overflow capacity now and into the future. The lot is designed to support a future shuttle operation.

    The three adjacent gravel overflow lots will be linked with this new lot in such a way that the toll plaza area becomes both the way in and the way out to all four lots. This will afford an opportunity to capture 100% of the revenues associated with the overflow parking. Currently over 660 stalls of the approximately 2380 available parking spaces are uncontrolled stalls in the four overflow lots. This represents nearly 28% of available parking capacity.

    The project will see the installation of lighting and CCTV in both the new and the overflow lots to improve the overall safety and security of the parking operation. The lamp standards and bases will be the relocatable type allowing them to move in the future as the gravel lots are reconfigured..

    The proposed design ensures that this addition of 525 spaces meshes well with the overall PMP and contemplates the next phases of growth. The design incorporates rain garden technology for the management of storm water flows and filtration of the waters collected. There will be 6 designated electric vehicle charging spaces to carry on the program started in both the long and short term lots in 2015.

    Construction is now well underway with excavation to depth in the main parking area complete and build-up of base structure nearing completion. Storm drainage installation is nearly complete. Approximately 150 stalls are paved and in service. Parking Attendant booth construction is now complete.

    Stakeholder consultation has included Robbins Parking the current parking process managers as well as the rental car agencies as their operation is impacted by the construction.


  • Terminal Precinct Pavements

    Terminal Precinct Pavements

    Terminal Precinct Pavements
    Total Est. Cost:  $1.9M
    Completion:  October 2018
    Status:  Project starts August 7, 2018 

    This project involves resurfacing the main Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) road network, from the East Saanich roundabout to the front of the ATB and then back out towards the Willingdon Road roundabout. It also includes drainage improvements and resurfacing of the central portion of the long term parking lot. Updated lighting in all areas will be a part of the project.

    Willingdon Road from the East Saanich Road roundabout was last resurfaced over 20 years ago. The road is experiencing rutting in both lanes for most of its length. There are also load related failures evident at numerous locations. An ongoing program of patching has taken place over the last 10 years to maintain the surface. A 2013 condition survey recommended restoration of the full surface within a 5 year horizon.

    Electra Boulevard, the air terminal building access and frontage road, was last resurfaced in 2007 and is exhibiting failures ranging from minor cracking to multiple areas of load related failure. Resurfacing the whole road rather than a multi-year program of patching is the preferred approach given the operational challenges associated completing work on this very busy road.

    The central portion of the long term parking lot was constructed and last resurfaced in 1987 and is exhibiting significant areas of age and load related failure. This is particularly evident in the driving lanes at the entry at the north end of the lot. The short term lot, which was originally constructed at a similar time as the long term lot, was fully resurfaced in 2011.

    As part of this project all the lighting in the long and short term lots as well as along Willingdon Road will be upgraded to LED fixtures. The parking lot fixtures will feature energy saving controls to reduce energy consumption.


  • Reay Creek Detention Pond

    Reay Creek Detention Pond

    Total Estimate Cost:  $675K
    Timeline:  Continuing from 2017 - Spring 2018 expected completion

    Construction of a 5,000m3 stormwater detention pond within Reay Creek.  This pond and outlet structure will provide a controlled discharge rate that reduces downstream flow, in an effort to mitigate soil erosion and improve aquatic habitat.  The completed installation will better manage stormwater flows leaving airport property and is sized to accommodate future growth and expansion of impermeable surfaces.  The project includes excavation of contaminated sedimentation from the creek bed, as well as the construction of a sediment trap to reduce future sedimentation leaving airport property.

  • TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction

    TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction

    Total Estimate Cost: $450K

    View TenTen Creek Sediment Reduction Video

    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.