Advertisement

Final pour for all-concrete condo tower in downtown Kelowna

Click to play video: 'Final Concrete Pour at Ella Condo' Final Concrete Pour at Ella Condo
Mission Group, an Okanagan real estate and development company, held a topping off ceremony on Tuesday, as the final ceremonial concrete was poured for Ella, its contemporary upscale condominium tower in the heart of downtown Kelowna – Jul 30, 2019

Construction crews at one of Kelowna’s newest condo projects held a topping-off ceremony on Tuesday, pouring the last bit of concrete.

And with the topping off, the 205-foot height of the 20-storey residential tower titled Ella is now complete.

The condo is located downtown, at the corner of Ellis Street and Lawrence Avenue.

READ MORE: Construction underway for fully off-the-grid commercial development in Kelowna

The building features 116 units plus 6,000 square feet of street-level commercial space. Floors two through five are dedicated to parking.

According to development company Mission Group, it’s taken 90,000 man hours and more than 11,000 cubic metres of concrete to reach this point.

WATCH BELOW (Aired Sept. 18, 2018): Condo construction pace in Kelowna not slowing down

Click to play video: 'Condo construction pace in Kelowna not slowing down' Condo construction pace in Kelowna not slowing down
Condo construction pace in Kelowna not slowing down – Sep 18, 2018

“We think the Ella tower is representative of what’s really happening downtown,” said Luke Turri, Mission Group executive vice-president, “particularly right in the Bernard District in the last 10 years.”

Story continues below advertisement

Turri added “just from our vantage point, it’s obvious that this is the first residential building in this core historic area in quite some time, and so you’re getting a location that people really want to be.

“This has really become the place to recreate for shops and services.”

WATCH BELOW (Aired March 29, 2019): Kelowna developer adds second crane to highrise construction site

Click to play video: 'Kelowna developer adds second crane to highrise construction site' Kelowna developer adds second crane to highrise construction site
Kelowna developer adds second crane to highrise construction site – Mar 29, 2019

With Tuesday’s last pour now done, construction is now focusing on finishing the interior.

“The concrete work is done,” said Turri. “You won’t see a whole bunch of activity from now until we complete next year.

“But you can be sure that there is going to be a lot of people inside working to get everything done for next year.”

Story continues below advertisement

WATCH BELOW (Aired Nov. 17, 2017): Kelowna to make urban plan for Landmark Towers neighbourhood

Click to play video: 'Kelowna to make urban plan for Landmark Towers neighbourhood' Kelowna to make urban plan for Landmark Towers neighbourhood
Kelowna to make urban plan for Landmark Towers neighbourhood – Nov 17, 2017

Officials say 86 per cent of the building is sold, and that it’s on track to finish on time next spring. Of note, one of the two penthouse units is still available, at a cost of $1.9 million.

“It’s definitely a huge achievement to build this high rise down here in Kelowna,” said project manager Curtis Good.

“It’s a beautiful building and when you drive downtown and see the building, it will look great for years to come.”

READ MORE: Highrise condo in downtown Kelowna granted height variance

Mission Group said IBI Group led the architectural development while ITC Construction Group is the general contractor. The interior design was developed by i3 Design Group.

Advertisement

Sponsored content