Vancouver Airport W4 deicing pad project

A versatile, environmentally sensitive deicing pad and process

Vancouver Airport Authority (YVRAA) | Canada | 2009-2010

A unique and intricate fluid drainage system

20,000 m2 of new PCC and
4,400 m2 of new HMAC pavement

Accommodating one Code F
(Group VI) or two Code C (Group III) aircraft simultaneously


  • A deicing pad was needed to service both Code F and Code C aircraft.
  • A drainage system was needed to isolate and control the fluid discharge.
  • Complete preliminary design, detailed design, and construction had to be completed in one year in time for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.


  • Completed the detailed design, prepared tender packages, and undertook full-time construction services.
  • Designed and constructed a deicing pad to facilitate parking, servicing, deicing, and anti-icing during the aircraft holdover time.
  • Designed and installed hot mix asphaltic concrete (HMAC) and Portland cement concrete (PCC) pavement for Code E aircraft traffic.
  • Connected a unique fluid-drainage system to the airport's West Lagoon.


  • The deicing pad was designed to allow either one Code F aircraft to deice alone, or two Code C aircraft to deice simultaneously.
  • Because aircraft deicing and anti-icing fluids can potentially kill fish, create algae blooms, and contaminate surface or ground waters, the project controlled the fluid discharge during deicing operations by designing an intricate drainage system.
  • The drainage system now isolates the deicing and anti-icing fluids via valve chambers and pump stations before sending the fluids to the airport’s West Lagoon for treatment.

Project Numbers

CAD$6.6 million construction cost
20,000 m2 of new PCC and 4,400 m2 of new HMAC pavement used

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