Small concrete particles are now flaking off the million-dollar concrete landing surface of the medical helipad causing more delays."The concern here is that sand-like particles of concrete may come loose when a helicopter is landing, hitting anybody standing or walking near the helipad of the health care centre," said Trudi Beutel, public affairs officer with Vancouver Coastal Health, when asked for an update this week.The issue is known as "spalling" and it must be fixed before the pad gets its final inspection with Transport Canada."We are working with the construction firm now to address the issue and a consulting engineer has been hired to report how we must address this new wrinkle," she explained.Beutel said the new traffic signals are now complete and the pedestrian control system is almost complete.She added: "At this point, we're delayed in our timing from taking the helipad back to final inspection. Until we receive the report (on the spalling) we won't know the required action and timing of the remediation work required."
Pressure is on to upgrade health care centre helipad to allow single engine helicopter access
Transport Canada and the Vancouver Coast Health Authority (VCHA) are looking at what is required to clear the way for single-engine helicopters to land at the Whistler Health Care Centre (WHCC) helipad. Brent Alley, the Executive Director of Capital Projects with VCHA, confirmed that a consultant has been hired to look into what it would take and then report back on the logistics along with the costs.