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YVR Airside Operations Building

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Richmond, BC
Building Structure Type:
Other Public Building
Vancouver Airport Authority
Francl Architecture
Graham Construction
Number of Storeys:
90,000 sq. ft.
Located in the airfield to the west of the Terminal Buildings, the three-storey Airside Operations Building (AOB), is a post-disaster steel frame facility comprised of a new main building that includes a Fire Hall for airfield emergency response, Vehicle Maintenance Bays, Storage and Staging for Airfield Maintenance, Offices and Support spaces.

Now certified as the "Greenest Building at YVR", RJC was brought onto this project to help develop an environmentally sustainable building and used a variety of sustainable technologies. RJC's Structural Team was able to design a "light building" in order to reduce the loads to the concrete foundation due to soil instability and to provide a post-disaster and a seismically sound building. RJC's Building Enclosure team added exterior insulation in order to improve the thermal performance and occupant comfort of the Operations Building. A reflective roof assembly was introduced to reduce heat transfer into the building; curving structural elements of the façade to balance between the architectural expression and the streamlined functionality.