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PHS Completes $1.7M Upgrade of Vancouver Heliport

by Mia Yao

PHS Completes $1.7M Upgrade of Vancouver Heliport

Pacific Heliport Services (PHS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Helijet International Inc., has completed a major $1.7M upgrade of the public use intermodal heliport in downtown Vancouver.

The upgrade project entailed the design, fabrication and installation of two primary bridgeway connections to the floating heliport, along with numerous related facility and shoreline improvements within the heliport lease areas.

The project construction, with support from the Province of British Columbia’s Airport Assistance Program (BCAAP) under the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, has mitigated environmental concerns to marine life and the natural habitat with no in-water works done.

“I want to thank the Province for their funding and support of this project, as well as our many industry and private sector clients who supported our BCAAP funding application,” said Danny Sitnam, President and CEO, Helijet and PHS. “I also want to thank the Harbour Heliport Society and the numerous helicopter air operators that use this heliport facility. These upgrades are a reflection of our commitment to them and the safety of the millions of passengers who travel with us each year.”

Located within walking distance of Vancouver’s downtown core, and part of a transportation hub with connections to SeaBus, SkyTrain, bus network, and a cruise ship terminal, the heliport plays an instrumental role in facilitating government business, private sector commerce and tourism offerings.

The heliport also provides emergency life-saving medical services for the local region.

Seventy-five per cent ($1,279,000) of the project financing for the $1.7m airside build was provided by BCAAP, with Pacific Heliport Services providing the remaining 25 per cent. The project was a design-build contract awarded and completed by FRB Construction Systems, a company owned, operated and based in British Columbia.

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