Kasian Architecture (Base Building) | Gustavson Wylie Architects Inc. (Fit-out)
Vancouver Airport Authority (Base Building) | Air Canada (Fit-out)
The new two-level, 16,000 ft2 Air Canada Lounge is located within the International area of YVR Airport and can accommodate 258 travellers at a time, offering them various amenities. The project consisted of two phases - the Base Building Expansion and the Fit-Out/Tenant Improvements.
The key challenge was coordination and compliance with airport security, access restrictions, safety and operational constraints. The location also presented many unique challenges as the work took place adjacent to a security passenger screening area, with an active lounge above, and high security offices for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) below. The work was extremely sensitive, involved heavy structural steel work, and numerous existing M&E service relocations.
Graham was able to successfully overcome these hurdles through innovative solutions and open communication with YVR, Air Canada and the two teams of design consultants that led the two distinct phases of the project.
The occupancy date was achieved, and the new Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge was opened to the public on September 26, 2017.