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  • Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)

    Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)

    Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE)
    Budget:  $1.9M
    Construction Start:  January 2020

    Completion:  April 2020

    Through the use of non-proprietary software and hardware, CUTE systems allow passenger processors like the check-in counters and the gate counters to be used by any airline at any time rather than having groups of dedicated counters fitted with carrier-specific equipment.  This system offers a high degree of flexibility operationally for both the airport as well as the airlines.

    Significant Developments to January 31, 2020 include:

    • The Airline Consultative Committee (ACC) approval of the project was received July 10, 2019.
    • The successful CUTE vendor is Materna.  Management is working to conclude contract documents.  The contract includes implementation of CUTE at all airside gates locations, landside check-in locations as well as support for a term of five (5) years.  
    • Onsite support services will be provided by ServiceTec as a sub-contract to Materna's contract.
    • A Team Lead for ServiceTec has been hired and ServiceTec staff are on-site.
    • All off the shelf hardware and software that has been ordered is on-site.  Both build and configuration were completed before the start of on-site implementation January 2020.
    • All servers and networking gear has been installed.
    • All common-use workstations are on-site.
    • A schedule of implementation has been provided to the airline station managers, airline IT teams and Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) staff.
    • An implementation team formed of airline operations and IT staff as well as VAA IT staff has been created to ensure open communications and a smooth transition from proprietary to common-use systems during implementation.
    • Weekly meetings are being held with the vendor, stakeholders and VAA team as the implementation phase is underway.
    • An internal training program has been developed and is being rolled out.
    • The External Service Zone (ES) has been installed and partially completed.  The ES is the interface between the airlines external data circuits and the CUTE system.  This installation allows the integration of each of the carrier's lines into the system as they become available. 
  • Light Fleet Renewal 2020

    Light Fleet Renewal 2020
    Budge: $400K
    Project Start:  January 2020
    Completion:  October 2020

    Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) maintains a fleet of 25 light vehicles for operational activities ranging from administration to day to day task like mowing and line painting.  From time to time these vehicles need to be replaced.  This procurement will replace four (4) light trucks and acquire one (1) electric vehicle.

    The Request for Proposal (RFP) has been issued and closed and the results are being reviewed. 

  • Airside Pavements 2020

    Airside Pavements 2019
    Budget:  $1.5M
    Project Start:  Summer 2020
    Completion:  December 2020

    Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) has an ongoing pavement restoration and rehabilitation program to ensure safe aircraft operations on VAA aircraft maneuvering surfaces.  This years activities will primarily be directed towards taxiway restorations.

    Planning currently on schedule with tender this spring and paving taking place over the summer.

  • Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion

    Lower Passenger Departure Lounge Expansion
    Total Est. Cost:  $19.7M
    Completion:  April 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.

    Significant Developments: The focus for the past four weeks was geared broadly at all trades.  The following is a summary of the key milestones to January 31, 2020:  

    Phase (1) One - Complete

    • Occupancy was granted on the new expanded lower passenger departure lounge and Go-Live was achieved the morning of September 19, 2019.  This completes Phase One.
    Phase (2) Two commenced October 2019 and involves new washroom block, vertical circulation core to the basement and finishes in existing lower passenger departure lounge. 
    The key milestones and planned activities for February 2020 include:
    • Completion of new structural steel
    • Completion of concrete slab on grade
    • Completion of concrete curb at existing curtainwall
    • Completion of concrete sidewalk and planters at exterior west side
    • Installation of new roof to washroom block expansion
    • Completion of new artwall and reinstallation of Genesis art piece
    • Removal of existing marmoleum down centre walkway of passenger departure lounge and installation of new porcelain tile
    • West of existing passenger departure lounge to 'Go Live' including new furniture, millwork and other finishes
    • Drywall to basement washrooms
    • Continuation of steel stud framing and drywall work level one (1) washroom area
    • Mechanical and electrical rough-ins continue at level one (1)

    Schedule: The project commenced on January 15, 2018.  There are 3 primary phases of work associated with this project.  The first phase being the main lower passenger departure lounge expansion to the north over 19 months.  Phase One was completed September 19, 2019. Phase Two involves the new washroom block and vertical circulation core to the basement over seven months.  Phase three includes renovations to the existing passenger departure lounge and is anticipated to take one month.  The total project is expected to be completed by end of Spring 2020.

    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.


  • Acquire ARFF Vehicle

    Acquire ARFF Vehicle

    Acquire ARFF Vehicle 2019
    Total Est. Cost:  $1.1M
    Start Date:  March 2019
    Completion:  October 2020

    This project will acquire a medium sized Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicle to provide a second front line vehicle when one of the large ARFF vehicles is out of service.

    Drafting of specifications and the Request for Proposal (RFP) documents is complete.  The RFP was sent to the top three suppliers in North America.  The RFP closed May 31, 2019 and Rosenbauer America was the successful proponent.

    The Victoria Airport Authority (VAA) team met with the builder in a pre-construction meeting to finalize the details of the final build and contract documents are being finalized. 

    These vehicles have a very long lead time - estimated to be between 14 and 16 months.  The  order for this truck has now been finalized.  The builder indicated that the order is now in the queue with a June 2020 production start and October 2020 delivery date.