Mass Timber Funding Announcement at YLW

July 11, 2022

News Release

The Province has announced it will provide $500,000 from the Mass Timber Demonstration Program toward the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) Air Terminal Building Expansion.  

"This project showcases what is possible when we promote innovation in the construction sector and support the development of mass timber in large infrastructure projects in B.C.,said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. "This initiative will help the airport and region grow, while also aligning with a key goal of the StrongerBC Economic Plan to grow a clean economy that works for all British Columbians.” 

The airport will receive $500,000 from the Province to help with costs associated with the use of mass timber, as well as the creation of a digital construction twin, advanced fire modelling and life-cycle assessment of building materials. The use of prefabricated mass-timber panels will reduce construction time and will result in less construction traffic to the site. Canada’s 10th largest airport will remain open and fully operational throughout the nearly 8,000-square-metre expansion. 

“I’m thrilled to see that the terminal expansion will use mass timber, showcasing the versatility and design capabilities of BC lumber, while also contributing to the local economy,” said Colin Basran, Kelowna Mayor. “As YLW is the gateway to the Okanagan, the choice to use mass timber is an important decision to highlight the characteristics reflective of the region.”  

Building off the project at YLW and the success of the first two intakes of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program, the Province is also announcing an additional $2 million to open a third intake, which begins immediately.  

“We would like to thank the Province for investing in YLW and in the use of mass timber for our terminal building expansion,” said Sam Samaddar, Airport Director, Kelowna International Airport. “With the increases in both aircraft movement and passenger traffic that we are expecting over next two decades, this terminal expansion enables the Kelowna International Airport to continue offering the highest level of service.”

 

In spring 2022, YLW will began enabling works for the ATB expansion. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2023, with phase 1 complete in 2026.  

To watch a 3D architectural rendering of the Airport Terminal Building Expansion visit: https://youtu.be/VM0-ezHBJYk  For more information, please visit ylw.kelowna.ca/ATBexpansion