Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S. B.Arch. M.Arch.
Associate Professor School of Architecture University of Waterloo

Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver, British Columbia


Architectura with Bush Bohlman Engineers



Project Funding: This case studies represents research done with funding from the Steel Structures Education Foundation of Canada and TRACE of the University of Waterloo.


The Vancouver International Airport was a collaborative effort:
Vancouver International Airport Authority

Architectura Waisman Dewar Grout Carter Inc., Vancouver
Partner in charge: Peter Buchanan

Bush, Bohlman & Partners (structural)

Steel Fabricator and Erector:
Empire Iron Works Ltd.

Project Manager:
Pacific Liaicon, Vancouver

The three-storey, 105,000 m2 airport facility confirms Vancouver's reputation as Canada's foremost gateway to Asia, and one of the world's most popular transfer points for connecting flights to North American and European destinations. International and transborder passengers enjoy streamlined security and check-in facilities, advanced baggage-handling technology, a diversified concession court, short walking distances, and an interior design enlivened by British Columbia's scenic outdoors and aboriginal art.

Projected to serve more than 10 million passengers annually by the year 2010, the $350 million expansion program also included the construction of a third runway, and provided additional capacity to the overcrowded, existing terminal, temporarily converted to domestic use, before its recent (and continuing) replacement with a new facility. The attractive and functional design was honoured in 1996 as the winner of the CISC Steel Design Award for the British Columbia region.


Construction: Moment Frame

Construction: Suspended Walkways

Airport Architecture

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Professor Terri Meyer Boake, BES BArch MArch
Associate Professor
e-mail:  tboake@uwaterloo.ca

last updated June 3, 2005