The third and final year of this significant construction project was substantially completed on September 1, 2018. The one-year maintenance period has commenced with minor outstanding items being completed during this period.
Overall Program Highlights
This 3-year Airfield Rehabilitation Program rehabilitated / reconstructed the majority of airfield surfaces and electrical infrastructure. The project is considered an overall success from a number of aspects, including:
Time and Budget
- Three-year, $35M Program was substantially completed 60 days ahead of schedule and within budget with no taxpayer money used
- Rehabilitated Runway 08-26 pavements, installed centerline lighting and replaced all edge lighting while working during 7-hour nightly windows and reopening the runway for service each morning.
- Devised methods to fully reconstruct main Apron on a nightly basis without closing apron or any of the gates on during 7-hour nightly window (significant change in operations compared to the original project scope).
- Kept airfield lighting, signage and NAVAIDS in full operation while replacing the entire network of power and communication infrastructure.
- Constructed only a 2nd Ground Run-up Enclosure in Canada - the facility was the fastest GRE built by BDI (out of 60 worldwide) and the facility was erected in the middle of the winter (January through April 2017).
- Barging of material and equipment to the airport was a logistical and operational challenge and barging at times took place almost 24 hours a day.
- Runway 08-26 was grooved ahead of schedule and without any operational impacts.
Mitigating Impacts on Airport Operations
- Over 400 days/nights of construction work on site were completed with only one 6-minute aircraft departure delay experienced due to construction activities on this project. This is extraordinary considering the amount of work that was undertaken to rehabilitate the majority of the airfield.
- Successfully accommodated Medevac helicopter operations at night while construction activities were ongoing.
- Reconstructed the entire apron without any closures/delays in gate operations.
- No incursions or any significant safety violations occurred due to construction activities on the project.
Mitigating Impacts on Airport Neighbors
- Use of barging operations for the project for equipment and material deliveries eliminated the need for over 6,000 truck movements through the surrounding airport neighborhood.
- Minimal number of noise and light complaints were received related to this construction project over the 3-year duration. This is significant considering the majority of the project was done between the hours of 11:00pm and 6:00am.
- Number of noise complaints related to aircraft engine run-ups significantly reduced since the facility was opened in May 2017 with not a single complaint received to-date in 2018.
Year three of the Airfield Rehabilitation Program at Billy Bishop Airport was successfully completed. The highlights of Year Three include:
- Apron Widening and Reconstruction: the main terminal apron pavement has been fully reconstructed and the southern portion of the apron widened by 11.5 m to allow additional room for aircraft and service vehicle movement behind the terminal gates. The project phasing and approach for this area was completely changed through careful planning to accomplish full depth reconstruction without closing any of the terminal gates. The revised approach was a great success with no impacts to terminal operations this year.
- Taxiway A Rehabilitation: This was an optional item of work that was executed and fully completed this year and included rehabilitation of Taxiway A pavements between the Apron and Taxiway E.
- Taxiways C and F Rehabilitation: The rehabilitation of Taxiways C and F, including minor adjustments to their geometry was completed this summer, providing improvements that enhance aircraft operations.
Year Two of Airfield rehabilitation Program at Billy Bishop Airport has been successfully concluded. The highlights of Year 2 include:
- Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE): GRE construction has been completed and the opening ceremony was held on April 19, 2017. The facility is now officially operational. For details about the GRE facility refer to Project Elements page on this website.
- Runway 08-26 Grooving: This is a safety feature intended to improve the macro-texture of the pavement surface, reduce water film thicknesses during rainfall and provide an escape channel for water that may become trapped between the pavement surface and an aircraft tire. These effects reduce the potential for aircraft hydroplaning under wet conditions. Grooving may also improve aircraft braking performance on a wet runway as compared to a wet non-grooved runway. Grooving was completed in April 2017 ahead of schedule.
- New FBO Apron 6 Construction:Work on the construction of a temporary general aviation aircraft apron between Taxiways Alpha, Bravo and Echo has been completed in July 2017 and the new apron is now in service.
- Complete Conversion of Runway 15-33 to a Permanent Taxiway: Work on the full reconstruction of the old runway pavements and conversion to a new Taxiway Echo, including the installation of new airfield electrical infrastructure has been completed in July 2017 and the new Taxiway is now in service.
- Completion of Improvements to Perimeter Service Road: The paving of a portion of the service roads adjacent to Runway 08-26 has been completed in May 2017. A portion of western perimeter road construction has been deferred to 2018 due to high water level impacts in this area.
- Electrical Infrastructure Replacement on Taxiway Alpha: The replacement of aging electrical infrastructure (taxiway edge lights, transformers, cabling) with new LED taxiway edge lights, transformers and cabling has been advanced from 2018 into 2017 and has been completed in July 2017.
- The 2016 construction season has successfully concluded as all of the construction activities have been completed as planned. Over the coming 2017 winter months, only work on the GRE facility will be ongoing. The schedule for the remainder of the 2017 construction season will be finalized as well and further updates will be provided on the website.
- Runway 06-24 was officially reopened for aircraft use on October 28, 2016 following full pavement reconstruction and the addition of runway edge lighting. This is a significant milestone in the project and will provide improved service to the General Aviation community using the airport.
- On the morning of September 23, 2016 the contractor completed the final surface course asphalt paving activity for this construction season. Runway 08-26 has been fully resurfaced (by mill and pave) and Runway 06-24 fully reconstructed over the course of less than four months, in accordance with the original project schedule.
- The Construction Contract has been awarded to Pave-Al Limited on May 13, 2016. The contractor has commenced mobilization activities and significant construction activities have commenced on June 13, 2016.