Environmentally friendly design takes the long view in major capital projects
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is one of North America’s fastest-growing airports, and with that growth comes a few challenges: passenger volume is expected to increase dramatically in the next few decades. So, to be prepared, the Airport Authority launched their CORE program—a resilience-based subset of the YVR 2037 Master Plan.
As part of the CORE program, we’re designing (through an integrated design process) a new parkade, a new central utilities building, electrical infrastructure upgrades, sustainable energy systems, and a rainwater capture system for YVR. Aging infrastructure will be replaced—improving power reliability—and travelers will have more efficient parking, reducing congestion. In addition, with the rainwater harvesting system, there’s less reliance on potable water in case of a fire.
Working with YVR from initial design all the way through contract administration, we used the Envision framework to meet the project sustainability goals. With these measures in place, YVR is reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the redundancy and resiliency of their electrical infrastructure, and improving the sustainability of the airport.
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