Burns Lake is a close-knit community with a rich Indigenous heritage. Located midway between the coast and Prince George, more than 4,000 vehicles travel through this town each day—many with people looking for accommodations. The wood-framed Key-oh Lodge, owned and operated by the Burns Lake First Nation, provides a warm and comfortable place for visitors to rest as well as support employment for Band members. Since it opened in 2017, the popular lodge has experienced a high occupancy rate.
Key-oh Lodge was built with 30 prefabricated wood-framed modules. Prefabrication reduced the project timeline significantly, allowing the Band to get the lodge operational more quickly. It took just seven months from production to occupancy, and overall construction including sitework was completed in just over a year. The module fabricator, Metric Modular, was also able to help the Burns Lake Band find financing and a hotel operator. Metric Modular used wood from nearby pine beetle-affected forests for their framing lumber.
This hotel was designed with sustainability in mind. The prefabrication process increased airtightness which improved energy efficiency of the structure. Design flexibility was also important. The hotel was constructed and sited so that it can be expanded in the future. The wood framing provides the ability to integrate an additional wing into the existing structure some day.
“Construction of the Key-oh Lodge brought many benefits to the Burns Lake community. Wood was harvested from our forests and milled by our local sawmill. The beautiful timber-framed lobby gives us a place to showcase the work of many local artists, and the use of wood throughout the project reinforces our commitment to sustainability”.
Chief Dan George
Burns Lake Band