Kelowna airport set for $25M exhibition centre

A rendering of the KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence
Image Credit: KF Aerospace

KELOWNA - A $25-million aerospace exhibition hall and conference centre is set to be built across from the Kelowna International Airport.

The KF Aerospace Centre for Excellence is being built by KF Aerospace and construction is set to begin in spring 2020 and be completed in 2022. According to a media release KF Aerospace, the centre will celebrate the aerospace legacy of KF founder, Barry Lapointe with the Okanagan community and be a hub for education, professional development and industry advancement.

The 50,000 square feet facility will have ground side and airside access to  Kelowna airport main runway and will include a museum, aircraft hangars, conference suites, classrooms, a cafeteria and airfield viewing gallery. It will also house a training space for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering programs delivered by Okanagan College.

"We want to provide a firsthand aerospace experience for the public, from commercial and military operations to maintenance and manufacturing. By providing a central source for education, training, career and policy development, the Centre will be a proud home to our ever-expanding aerospace community," KF founder Barry Lapointe said in the media release.

According to the release the groundbreaking will take place Mar. 25, 2020 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of KF Aerospace. All facets of the construction, including the wood features of the building will be sourced locally in B.C.

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