BMID – Gordie Ivans UV Disinfection Facility

2019 - Kelowna, BC

Meiklejohn Architects, in collaboration with Agua Consulting Inc. and Sawchuk Developments provided design and construction services for the new Disinfection Facility located at 2458 Joe Rich Road.  The facility utilizes state-of -the-art low pressure high-output Ultra-Violet light lamp technology through the use of 288 lamps in three reactors in the facility providing protection from Cryptosporidium and Giardia (beaver fever).

The building, set into a hillside location, presents (on the upper side) as single storey at the upper public entry for staff and visitors onto the second level that over looks the heavy equipment.  On the downhill side, it becomes a two-storey building. This is the ‘working’ side with large overhead doors used for repairs and maintenance vehicles and equipment.

This lower level is clad with industrial corrugated metal cladding.  The upper floor houses the main pedestrian entry and is clad with phenolic panels in a geometric pattern made up of soft blues, greens and grays against the off-white field colour. The cladding colours (together with carefully located colour glass windows) are used as a subtle reminder of the power of light and its constituents (as it is UV light that disinfects the water within the facilities reactor chambers)

Project Data

Status: Completed, 2019
Floor Area:  8,500 sf
Owner:  Black Mountain Irrigation District
Staff: Jim Meiklejohn – Principal + Project Architect
Shirley Ng – Production + Permitting