Kelowna cuts cost of new landfill building

Value-engineering process reduces the cost and size of planned new $2.4 million operations centre at the Glenmore landfill.

Kelowna city hall has cut the cost and size of its planned new operations building at the Glenmore landfill.

The building, included in this year’s municipal budget, was originally pegged at $2.4 million but after council ordered a review, the size and cost were reduced 1,238-square feet and $470,000 and will cost $1.99 million instead of the original $2.4 million.

The two-storey, 6,620-square-foot operations building is part of a $2.4 million project to replace a series of trailers that currently act as the offices and operation centre for the Central Okanagan’s lone remaining landfill.

In addition to offices and training/meeting rooms, the building will also include facilities for staff who work at the landfill and will bring the operation in line with mandatory provincial standards required under WorkSafe B.C. rules.

The reduction in space needed came in part from combining meeting rooms and training areas, as well as other reductions to both the building and the site.

The Glenmore landfill, while a city facility, acts asa regional disposal centre for the Central Okanagan. Open seven days a week, it accepts household and commercial waste, recycling materials and during its peak periods receives more than 1,000 vehicles per day dropping off materials.

The reductions were made after the project was sent to a value-engineering process ordered by council.

Some of the features of the new, energy efficient building will include: composting toilets, grey water recycling, bio-methane for heat harvested from the landfill gal collection system, preparing the building for solar thermal water heating and extensive use of natural light to save electricity.