HDR Selected to Design 12-Story Mass Timber Hotel in Kelowna

RPB Hotels and Resorts has selected HDR to provide architectural design services for the development of a new 82-suite, 12-story mass-timber-constructed Ramada Hotel in Kelowna, BC.

Rendering courtesy of HDR

The tower will be constructed using partial encapsulation and exposed CLT, in addition to glulam. The new hotel will provide three different suite typologies with access via a single-loaded corridor, day-lit from north and south.

The development is divided between façade articulation and material treatments — distinguishing street-level retail amenities, the hotel’s main lobby and two penthouse suites, which are recessed from the main suite block on the west elevation. The façade’s glass projection, which captures common space on each floor for guests to socialize, will showcase the innovative mass timber design and construction.

The City of Kelowna was an early adopter of British Columbia’s new regulations allowing mass timber construction of up to 12 stories. The proposed hotel is located on the southwestern portion of the existing hotel site, which is currently surface parking.

The design team proposes to minimize disruption of the existing infrastructure by providing a small development presence. Despite the challenging footprint, the development will provide a generous landscape buffer on all sides in accordance with city requirements.

As part of Kelowna’s green initiatives, the proposed development will provide four on-site vehicle charging stations, as well as short-term and long-term bicycle parking. Construction is anticipated to commence in 2021.

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