Glenmore Landfill Administration Building


Bright space for dirty work.

HDR | CEI’s involvement with the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill Administration building began in 2010 with the preparation of a full schematic design report, including programming and schematic design services. HDR | CEI’s involvement continued with the detailed design and construction of the project.

The Landfill Administration Building has two primary functions. Landfill site staff have a dirty and physically arduous job; on the ground level of the facility they are provided full change rooms and welfare facilities in accordance with best practices for the 21st century. The upper floor houses a training suite and offices for administration staff.

A visitor component provides outreach to educate school groups and the general public on the work undertaken at the landfill site, and illustrates the benefits of recycling both on the global scale environmentally, and to the local community financially.

The design of the project responds to the City of Kelowna Policy 352 – Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure, which requires City facilities to target results across a range of environmental, economic, financial, social and cultural indicators to achieve a sustainable and creative city. To achieve this goal, we applied a multiple bottom line analysis that included a large number of factors such as climate change; ecological footprint; watershed protection; financial sustainability and built value; innovation and design quality; use of wood; incorporation of innovative materials, recycling and reclamation; life cycle cost; and capital reserves.

The Glenmore Landfill Administration Building seeks to demonstrate how a modern office environment can successfully function using significantly less energy, exploiting alternate fuels sources such as landfill gas, and elegantly incorporating a wide range of recycled materials—all within a constrained conventional budget.

Project Cost



7,000 sq ft


December 2013


Gold Winner, Best in Commercial/Retail/Office, 2014

Canadian Home Builders’ Association of the Central Okanagan TOMMIE Awards

"Using wood in many aspects of the facility's construction resulted in an atmosphere that you feel 'welcomed' to. The warm, natural appearance complements the environment outside, which we are preserving at the same time."

Steve Walker, Project Technician, Design & Construction Services, City of Kelowna


City of Kelowna


Kelowna, BC


Office & Commercial