Kelowna International Airport to use solid wood for terminal expansion

People transiting through Kelowna International Airport (YLW) will benefit from an expansion and upgrade to the terminal building, which will use solid wood as part of the province’s Solid Wood Demonstration Program.

The terminal expansion project is expected to start in 2023 and will receive funding under the program, which has supported the advancement of mass timber in several projects across British Columbia.

“This project shows what is possible when we foster innovation in the construction sector and support the development of mass timber in major infrastructure projects in British Columbia,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Employment. , Economic Recovery and Innovation. “This initiative will help the airport and region grow, while aligning with a key goal of StrongerBC’s economic plan to build a clean economy that works for all British Columbians.

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

Building on the project at YLW and the success of the first two rounds of the Mass Timber Demonstration Program, the province is also announcing an additional $2 million to open a third round, which begins immediately.

“We are delighted to continue the Mass Timber demonstration program,” said George Chow, Minister of State for Commerce and Chairman of the Mass Timber Advisory Council. “This new addition will further advance BC’s solid wood sector by continuing to strengthen BC’s position as a world leader in the field, while developing knowledge and talent to continue to advance the sector here at home.

Individual projects may receive up to $500,000 for incremental or one-time costs associated with design development, permits and construction activities in the construction of mass timber buildings. Expressions of Interest will be accepted between July 11, 2022 and October 7, 2022. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2023. The Mass Timber Demonstration Program is offered by Forestry Innovation Investment on behalf of the province.

This funding announcement continues the momentum gained from British Columbia’s recent trade mission to Europe where the province signed a solid wood-focused agreement with Finland, which is a world leader in sustainable forestry. The agreement provides for continued collaboration on research, advancement, development and commercialization focusing on the two regions to further develop the forest bioeconomy and mass timber sector.

The StrongerBC Economic Plan moves British Columbia forward by tackling today’s challenges while building an economy that works for everyone. The plan builds on British Columbia’s strong economic recovery and aims to address two long-standing challenges – inequality and climate change – by closing the skills gap, building resilient communities and helping businesses and people to make the transition to clean energy solutions. The plan sets out two main goals for the province – inclusive growth and clean growth – and proposes six missions to keep British Columbia on track.


Katrine Conroy, Minister of Forests –

“The growth of BC’s hardwood sector is a key part of our government’s vision for the future of forestry – a future where we get more value from every tree harvested. It’s great to see that hardwood will be a key part of the Kelowna International Airport expansion project and it shows that British Columbia continues to lead the way when it comes to hardwood.

Colin Basran, Mayor, City of Kelowna –

“I am thrilled to see that the terminal expansion will use solid wood, showcasing the versatility and design capabilities of BC wood, while contributing to the local economy. As YLW is the gateway to the Okanagan, choosing to use solid wood is an important decision to showcase features that reflect the region.

Sam Samaddar, Airport Manager, Kelowna International Airport

“We would like to thank the province for investing in YLW and the use of solid wood for our terminal expansion. With the increase in aircraft movement and passenger traffic, this terminal expansion allows Kelowna International Airport to continue to provide the highest level of service.

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To view a 3D architectural rendering of the terminal expansion, visit:

To learn more about the Mass Timber Demo Program and to apply for the program, visit:

To read the Mass Timber Action Plan, visit:

To learn more about the Kelowna International Airport terminal expansion, visit:

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