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"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.
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.
Total Estimate Cost: $5,750.0K
June - September 2017
This project will see the surface of Runway 14-32 rehabilitated as well as the correction of an historic deficiency in the transverse slope of the southern 2/3s of the runway.
The project involves grinding off the old runway surface from end to end to improve the slope and then to put new asphalt on top of the new profile for the full length of the runway. The material removed amounts to around 4000 m3 from an area totaling nearly 73,000 m2. The new asphalt will weigh in at more than 13,000 metric tonnes. The material removed (known as ‘millings’) will be re-purposed as base material for a new overflow vehicle parking lot at the Air Terminal Building.
The runway will be ‘grooved’ as well. This grooving involves cutting thousands of tiny slots (5mm x 5mm) into newly paved surface perpendicular to the centerline of the runway. The slots provide an excellent route for surface water to drain to the edges of the runway. This in turn reduces any opportunity for aircraft to ‘hydroplane’ on the wet surface to near zero.
New LED runway edge lights will also be installed as part of this program of work.
Total Estimate Cost: $1,025.0K
The passenger boarding bridge located at Gate 1 was installed in 1989. It has been in continuous service for nearly 30 years. It has undergone several refurbishments to extend its service life. This unit is at the end of its serviceable life.
This particular bridge is one of only a few very long two-tunnel boarding bridges ever manufactured. Two-tunnel bridges offered long reach which is desirable for large gauge aircraft however they cannot be retracted nearly as far as three-tunnel bridges. This reduces the flexibility of the use of apron. Three tunnel bridges have become the mainstay for all manufacturers over the past 20 years. Replacement of this bridge with a three-tunnel bridge offers far greater flexibility in terms of aircraft operation as well as placement on the building. This in turn means greater utilization of the available apron and terminal space.
Installation of the new bridge will take place over the course of ten days starting mid-May. The bridge will serve all types of commercial aircraft operating at YYJ now and into the future.
Total Estimate Cost: $500.0K
As passenger travel through the airport continues to increase demand for vehicle parking is rising in lock-step. The rate of increase in vehicle parking is outstripping planning expectations. The construction of this gravel lot is creating additional overflow parking to meet demand during peak travel periods. More than 200 new spaces will be built using ‘millings’ from the runway overlay project as base material for this new lot. The parking surface will not be paved but the walking aisles between the rows will be. The lot provides easy walking access to the terminal building.
Total Estimate Cost: $300.0K
Non-commercial aircraft are referred to as general aviation (GA) aircraft. While the commercial fleet has access to the main apron at the terminal building, non-commercial aircraft do not. The goal of this project is to create parking for smaller GA aircraft on unused land immediately north of the Victoria Flying Club.
As noted, smaller GA aircraft do not have a lot of options for parking at Victoria International. The commercial parking at the Shell Aerocentre is often full and the Aerocentre is generally geared toward business type of aircraft both prop and jet. The Victoria Flying Club (VFC) has some itinerant parking for the smaller aircraft but this is limited and the spaces are often full during the busy summer months when a lot of training activity is taking place.
This project would create up to 16 spaces for smaller aircraft on VAA owned land immediately north of the VFC, south of Taxiway E. The space would be paved with movable tie-downs. This configuration gives the space the highest degree of flexibility.
Total Estimate Cost: $185.0K
This project will see the installation of a new front-of-house intake and screening location for oversized and out of gauge baggage.
The previous process for screening oversize and out of gauge baggage was for the most part done solely by hand screening. This project includes the installation of an x-ray processor for automatic screening of most oversize baggage. Passengers will place the baggage on an infeed conveyor and the screener will induct the bag to the system.
If the bag is cleared, it will carry on onto outfeed conveyors and then into the main baggage system. Once on the main system, the bag will be sorted to a special oversize baggage line to be picked up by the carriers back-of-house.
Bags that do not clear will be hand searched post x-ray. Once clear, they will be inducted into the same stream as cleared bags. Out of gauge items like bicycles and animal kennels will continue to be screened by hand at this location.
Total Estimate Cost: $125.0K
This project is intended to create a new bicycle assembly and storage area to improve access to, and amenities for, travelers seeking healthy alternatives to conventional transportation to and from the airport.
The current bicycle assembly shelter was constructed in 2007 as part of a larger parking lot expansion and curb lane improvement project. The project included a second shelter to the west. Both of these shelters have been adopted as ‘smoking’ shelters.
Over the course of the last several years the VAA has actively pursued the concept of keeping the ATB curb front a smoke free area. This in turn has displaced the smokers onto the commercial lane curb. The two existing shelters have become the de facto smoking areas. This approach is welcomed by most travelers but this new use of the east shelter is incompatible with the health oriented activity that it is meant to support.
A new bicycle assembly shelter complete with updated equipment and additional storage lockers is proposed. The shelter will look identical to the existing shelters and will be located along the commercial lane curb by the ATB flag pole. The recently installed lighting in that location will provide safe access at all hours.
The existing east shelter will be equipped with new benches to match the present configuration of the west shelter.