A new 82-suite, 12-story mass timber addition to the Ramada Hotel is planned in Kelowna, British Columbia in a space that is currently surface parking. HDR will provide architectural design services for the project, which takes advantage of British Columbia’s new regulations allowing mass timber construction up to 12 stories. The tower will be built using partial encapsulation and exposed CLT, as well as glulam. The hotel is divided between facade articulation and material treatments, distinguishing street-level retail amenities, the hotel’s main lobby, and the two penthouse suites, which are recessed from the main suite block on the west elevation. A glass projection will be part of the facade and will capture common space on each floor for guests to socialize while also showcasing the mass timber design and construction. As part of Kelowna’s green initiatives, the proposed development will provide four on-site vehicle charging stations, short-term and long-term bicycle parking, and a generous landscape buffer on all sides. The elevator shaft and fire escape will also be made of wood. The completed hotel will provide three different suite typologies with access via a single-loaded corridor, day-lit from north to south. Construction is to begin in 2021 and be completed in late 2022. David Prystay is manager of operations at the Ramada Hotel. For more information on this and other upcoming hotel construction and renovation projects in the planning, design, pre-construction and construction phase including who is involved and their contact information and Preferred Vendor Directory please visit: HotelProjectLeads.com
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