The Cariboo Regional District’s (CRD) new Anahim Lake Airport terminal was officially opened Tuesday.
The terminal was built with support from the Government of British Columbia’s Towns for Tomorrow program, the Government of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund, the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition and the CRD.
“It’s hard not to be impressed by the completion of this project,” said Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett.
“These airport improvements enhance important transportation services for businesses and residents, and the energy efficient design of the new terminal building tremendously contributes to a healthier environment. It’s a project that the B.C. Government is proud to support with a $400,000 grant through the Towns for Tomorrow program.”
The terminal will be a valuable asset at the airport as it will serve the scheduled flight service, act as the airport office, and improve service levels for visitors, tourism operators, medical personnel, RCMP and other users.
During emergency events, the terminal will provide office space and a lounge area for use by emergency personnel.
While the 900-square foot building was designed to be basic and functional, various energy efficiency upgrades were included in the construction to reduce long-term operating costs, as well as reduce the Regional District’s carbon footprint.
Because the Anahim Lake area is served by diesel-generated electricity, the carbon emissions reduction from the efficiency upgrades is that much more significant.
It is expected the upgrades will provide an 80 per cent reduction in fossil fuel consumption and associated carbon emissions over the building systems.
By including the upgrades, the Regional District will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the construction techniques and materials in a rural and remote climate.