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April 17, 2015

Light-Gauge Steel Framing (British Columbia)
Vancouver International Airport A-B Connector

Photo courtesy of Gallagher Bros. Contractors
Vancouver International Airport’s new A-B Connector upgrades and expands its 1968 terminal.

Location: Vancouver

Contractor: Gallagher Bros. Contractors

Architect: Stantec

Team: Bailey West, Brock White, Cascadia Design Products, CGC, Decoustics Saint-Gobain, Kenroc, Plasterform, Winroc

Built at a cost of $213 million (Canadian), Vancouver International Airport’s new A-B Connector upgrades and expands the 1968 terminal with 10 new shops, restaurants and services. The design features British Columbia’s Interior region: the Fraser River Canyon, orchards, and a First Nations art piece titled “The Rivers Monument.” The new section will be used by Air North, Air Transat, Central Mountain Air, Hawkair, Sunwing, and WestJet.

The A-B Connector includes seismic upgrades and an expanded gate capacity to accommodate Boeing 787 Dreamliners. An expedited baggage system to move luggage between international and domestic flights will be operational by spring 2016.

The scope of work for this $9 million contract by Gallagher Bros. Contractors included interior and exterior steel-stud framing and drywall, acoustic-tile ceilings, metal-panel exterior soffit assembly, thematics features, acoustic fabric-panel ceilings, specialty insulation, expansion joints, GRO columns, light-gauge steel formatting and suspended ceilings.

Judge’s comments: “(Vancouver International Airport) is rated as the number one airport in North America and for good reason. The A-B Connector highlights an open design and premier installation, creating a spectacular addition to this world-class structure. Congratulations to the design and build teams for creating a vibrant new space for domestic travelers.”

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