"Rapidair is almost an after-thought in the new bulding."
The building wasn't designed for Rapidair or any other Air Canada or other Airline service. It is "supposed to be" common use. T2
was Air Canada's to manipulate as they wished, and if you have no bags, and check in at a kisosk on Level 2 you are very close to the rapidair gates.
4.4 Billion is the cost of the redevelopment program Sean, not just the terminal building, while it takes up a big chunk of that, this price tag also includes a couple of new runways, and upgrades to the existing runway's taxiways aprons, and cargo facilities.
I'm not going to be a kool-aid drinker and say the building is perfect. Signage issues are a major problem, and contrary to Neil's comments (not that you ever made it out there for trials anyway) man of the volunteers made some very valid comments, and picked up on a number of issues. All of which have been identified, the problems was and always has been bureaucrat. The fact is that most of the issues identified in the trials are just now being resolved by the constructor. In many cases it was an architectural screw up (its hard to orient a sign when you are looking at a flat blue print) and so the signs package was delivered and installed by the constructors, and then all of the identified problems were submitted to the architects to be re-done as per their contracts.
As for the garage, it takes some understanding. It is complicated, its really two garages built on top of each other, and within those two garages there are two divisions. Also remember that the garage is not completed yet, there are still two sections to be added on to the garage, bringing the spaces up to 12500, some of the signs delivered in the first package was not meant to be included in the opening of the first phase. The same goes for the terminal building. Its hard to sign a facility that isn't finished yet. A lot of the international signs is misleading because Pier F is still a hole in the ground.
As important as these problems are it could have been much worse, and we could have ended up with a CLK, where everything looked pretty but none of the systems worked, and the operation almost moved back to HKG
Which brings me to the interior. I don't like it either, the art work is for the most part a big joke, with only two (so far) Canadian artists featured in the entire place. But that was their goal, its functional, efficient and modern, they weren't looking to build a place like YVR
's terminals. Can you imagine how much more it would have cost to design the interior of T1new in the same style as the terminals inYVR and YOW
with cedar wood rafters, waterfalls, jade/iron sculptures etc etc. I personally think they should have made it more like that, but they were going for something different, something more like what you can find in Europe/Asia today, and I think they did that pretty well. (Wait till you see the crap they are putting into Pier F!!)
For those that get the chance, check out the museum, Its small but has some interesting stuff in it.
"Clive Beddoe says he favours competition, but his actions do not support that idea." Robert Milton - CEO Air Canada