Cemented in Place: Central Utilities Building Mass Pour

image of concrete pour of central utilities building

As part of our multibillion-dollar expansion program currently underway, we are constructing a Central Utilities Building (CUB) to consolidate YVR’s heating, cooling and backup electrical system. It will also house one of the largest GeoExchange systems in Canada and contribute towards the Airport Authority’s target of a 33% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

This project, including various mechanical and electrical upgrades, will ensure we have the proper infrastructure in place to meet growth demands and continue to move increasing levels of people and goods efficiently through the airport. It is scheduled to be fully operational by 2022.

Earlier this month this project reached a significant construction milestone with the largest concrete pour on the project to date, securing the foundation of the future CUB. It took 2900 m3 of concrete (more than an Olympic sized swimming pool), five pump trucks and 10 hours of pouring to lay the foundation. At peak, the pumps were pouring 400 m3 per hour with a new concrete truck arriving about every 90 seconds—that’s a lot of concrete!

Check out this time-lapse video to see the pour in action.