The British Columbia government announced today (7-12-22) that the Kelowna International Airport will be expanding, with a terminal expansion and upgrades using mass timber through the BC Mass Timber Demonstration Program.
The Airport Terminal Building Expansion project is expected to break ground sometime in 2023 and will be the recipient of funding through the program, which has supported the advancement of mass timber in several projects throughout BC.
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.
Officials say the use of prefabricated mass timber panels will reduce construction time and will result in less construction traffic to the site. The airport will remain open and fully operational throughout the nearly 8,000-square-metre expansion.
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