Kelowna club members ponder yacht club design

Kelowna Yacht Club members have until the end of the weekend to vote for their future digs, giving the public a glimpse into the city’s changing waterfront amenities.

“We have three submissions from Kelowna architects, and one of them will find out if they get the contract Tuesday,” said Jim Kay the club’s general manager.

For the last few weeks, the membership has been able to go over the submitted designs at the club house or on the club’s website.

Then yacht club members were encouraged to send an email to the committee in charge of the decision, ranking their first, second and third choice.

From that input, the winner will be chosen.

“The response has been very enthusiastic,” said Kay, noting there are still a number of the club’s 1,000-plus members who have yet to weigh in, but the approach has been popular nonetheless for its inclusiveness.

“It’s created a lot of energy in the club, and people are excited looking forward to the beginning of a brand new facility,” he said.

Once the winner has been chosen, Kay said he thinks the information will travel around the community pretty fast.

But, the club will also hold a joint press conference with city officials to unveil the winning design.

Once that’s squared away the club should be ready to break ground for spring 2012. Construction should take another year, and the building could be in operation by spring of 2013.

Meantime, all three options can be viewed by everyone at


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