Kelowna Yacht Club staircase earns awards

"The stairwell is really the signature of the building on the inside and creates that wow factor for the public and the members…"

The Kelowna Yacht Club’s elegant wood stairwell is an award winnner.

Two firms behind the design and construction of the new Kelowna Yacht Club clubhouse have received special recognition.

The elegant wood stairwell in the centre of the clubhouse was designed by Meiklejohn Architects of Kelowna, which was honoured as top architect for the province for the project, receiving the 2015 Jack Sigurdson Award.

Top 40 Woodworks from Kamloops which did the millwork, received the 2015 Gold Award in the small commercial category.

“It’s an honour to take a concept and bring it to fruition and in this case the result it is indeed a piece of art,” said Top 40 Woodworks owner Jack Mendes.

“We’ve done this for a long time and once in a while you get an opportunity to really showcase what your capacity is as a team.

“We’re taking a lot of pride in this project.”

Meiklejohn Architects feels the honour is well delivered by Top 40 Woodworks, applauding the firm for their commitment to excellence and for going above and beyond for a project that architect Jim Meiklejohn describes as “hard to design, hard to construct and one that became a labour of love.”

“It’s rare to see a trade take something and make it better than the design team envisions—all for the betterment of the club,” added project architect Stoke Tonne. “

“The stairwell is really the signature of the building on the inside and creates that wow factor for the public and the members that come into the building.”

“The team succeeded in creating the wow factor,” added project manager Gord Sandrin, with Sawchuk Developments, lead contractor for the clubhouse construction.

“It’s something Kelowna should be very proud of.”

Meiklejohn Architects Inc. was selected through an Architectural Institute of BC-sanctioned design competition.

Their design offered a simple and elegant use of distinctly nautical forms, materials and shapes.

The clubhouse offers banquet facilities and meeting rooms for public events.