July 13, 2022

Mass timber funding at YLW

Jon Robinson

The province of British Columbia will provide $500,000 from the Mass Timber Demonstration Program toward the Kelowna International Airport, CYLW, 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 BC,” 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. CYLW explains the use of prefabricated mass-timber panels will reduce construction time and will result in less construction traffic to the site. The airport, noted as Canada’s 10th largest, 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, 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.

Phase 1 includes: expanded Departures Lounge to improve connections to aircraft gates and increase food and beverage options; expanded security screening area to reduce the time it takes to clear security; new direct access to south gates for departing and arriving passengers; and improved wayfinding.

Phase 2 includes: Expanded terminal building for relocated domestic arrivals area with new baggage carousels; repurposed existing arrivals area to accommodate larger area for international arrivals and CBSA; further expansion of the Departures Lounge to increase capacity; and relocated rental car, shuttle and tourism booths.

(Image: mcfarlane biggar architects)