Canada’s Kelowna International Airport has started construction on the first phase of its multi-million dollar expansion project.
The initial phase of the ‘Kelowna Air Terminal Building Expansion Project’ includes an extension to the north of the terminal for a new Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) Primary Inspection area, which will screen passengers arriving on international flights.
The project will see a one-storey addition to the facility with a new screening hall, public washrooms and an extension to the airside corridor, as well as a new mechanical and electrical room.
It will also include the use of geothermal and thermal massing to reduce the airports energy footprint.
Delnor Construction has been awarded the $4.7 million contract to expand the gateway’s international arrivals area, which is expected to be finished by autumn 2012
The first phase of the project is part of Kelowna Airport’s larger $50 million “Drive to 1.6 million passengers” programme.
The total cost for Phase 1 is $7.7 million, which also includes replacing the airport life safety systems that are currently at capacity. This includes the emergency power generator and the fire alarm systems.
Samaddar, airport director, at Kelowna International Airport, said: “We are pleased to have Delnor Construction begin this project.
“Delnor comes to YLW with significant experience including airport construction at Edmonton International. They will help ensure disruptions to passengers during construction are kept to a minimum.”