VanKam Freightways is a British Columbia-based transportation company that has been operating since 1947. The continued success of the company created a need to replace the existing facility at 2610 Enterprise Way in Kelowna. The 1,274 square metre industrial facility was completed in 2013. The movement of trucks into and out of the site is constant, with incoming freight goods being dispatched through the 955 square metre warehouse at the rear of the 319 square metre administration space.
Rapidly outgrowing the existing athletic facilities at its Okanagan campus, the University of British Columbia held a design competition for an addition to the gymnasium — a new Fitness and Wellness Centre. The winning entry chose to depart from the rectilinear geometry of the existing building and to experiment with a new way of using cross-laminated timber (CLT). To facilitate the maximum use of wood, and to offer freedom of aesthetic expression, the new two-storey building has been designed as freestanding structure, connected to the main gymnasium only by an upper level bridge.
As part of its overall expansion and development plan around the centrally located Parkinson Recreation Centre, the City of Kelowna constructed a larger, multi-function facility to replace the former seniors centre. The architect of the new facility worked closely with members of the Kelowna Seniors Society to create a building that would reflect their active lifestyles and positive outlook. The project is located adjacent to large sports fields and the linear parkway that parallels Mill Creek.
Completed in 2013, this project, which includes a 68 slip itinerant marina and floating pedestrian pier, adds a new dimension to the aesthetics and experience of Kelowna’s downtown waterfront. The marina is the result of a public/private initiative between the City of Kelowna, which donated the water-lot lease, and Westcorp, who will own and operate the marina for the next 20 years. This arrangement enabled a long sought-after public amenity to be realized without any burden to local taxpayers.
The new 650-square metre administration building at Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill is an example of site-specific sustainable design, in which wood features prominently as both a structural and finish material. The design aimed to reduce the energy use of the building by more than 40 percent when compared to current standard building practices, and was constructed to minimize impact on the local ecology. By adopting conservation strategies and using available passive energy, the design has minimized the consumption of energy, water and materials.