Queensway Transit Exchange in Kelowna, BC
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Queensway Transit Exchange

Queensway Transit Exchange

Kelowna, BC

The Queensway Transit Exchange in Kelowna BC acts as a gateway into the city’s downtown core.

The Queensway Transit Exchange acts as a gateway into Kelowna’s downtown core, inviting riders into the city with a warm and inviting appeal and offering connectivity to the best of the city’s entertainment, cultural, and employment districts. With a sinuous canopy and seating-pod arrangements in wood and stone, this project succeeds as a placemaker—its own destination before passengers embark for other locations.

The exchange’s landmark canopy is a single-story, semi-enclosed structure with a curved roof that provides weather protection for the transit island and its eight bus stops. The glue-laminated timber beam and decking panel provides a naturally beautiful structural roof span measuring a generous nine meters wide by 57 meters long. Minimalist steel-tree columns delicately hold up the span, increasing visual access throughout the facility and enhancing overall visibility and sightline safety. A lattice screen, together with wind deflectors, provides additional shelter from the elements.

This project was designed by VIA prior to becoming a Perkins Eastman Studio.

Project Facts

  • Client:

  • City of Kelowna, BC
  • Capacity:

  • Eight bus stops
  • Markets:

  • Transportation + Infrastructure
  • Region:

  • Canada
  • Studios:

  • Vancouver


  • 2016 Canadian Wood Council Wood-WORKS! Wood Design Award for Institutional Wood Design: Small
  • 2016 Urban Development institute Awards for Excellence Best of the Okanagan
  • 2015 Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay Commercial Building Awards Award of Excellence for Community Institutional
  • Tommie Awards’ Best Outside of the Box Silver Award
  • 2015 Southern Interior Construction Association’s Commercial Building Award in the Community Institutional category
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