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Kelowna airport expansion to take flight using mass timber

Kelowna airport expansion to take flight using mass timber
PROVINCE OF B.C. — A video shows the design of a major expansion planned for Kelowna International Airport.

KELOWNA, B.C. — Crews are preparing for takeoff on work to upgrade Kelowna’s airport.

The province has announced that Kelowna International Airport will receive a terminal expansion and upgrade using mass timber through B.C.’s Mass Timber Demonstration Program.

The Airport Terminal Building Expansion project is expected to break ground in 2023 and will receive funding through the program, which has supported the advancement of mass timber in several projects throughout B.C.

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.

The province is also announcing an additional $2 million to open a third intake of the demonstration program, which begins immediately.

“We’re excited to continue onward with the Mass Timber Demonstration Program,” said George Chow, minister of state for trade and chair of the mass timber advisory council, in a statement. “This new intake will further advance B.C.’s mass-timber sector by continuing to grow B.C.’s position as a world leader in the field, while also building the knowledge and talent to keep driving the sector forward here at home.”

Individual projects can receive as much as $500,000 for incremental or one-time costs associated with design development, permitting and construction activities in mass timber building construction. Expressions of interest will be accepted until Oct. 7. Successful applicants will be notified by early 2023.

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