Okanagan College

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Project: Building of Centre for Green Building Technologies and campus expansion

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Status of Project: Substantially completed

Project Description

This project involves construction of a 90,000 square foot, two-storey, multi-purpose Centre for Excellence for Sustainable Trades and Renewable Energy. The new facility includes six trades shops, 30 offices for faculty and administration, student study space, a computer lab with 456 stations and 12 multi-purpose trades classrooms — six accommodating 20 students each, four accommodating 40 students each and two accommodating 54 students each. The building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.

Primary Areas of Benefit

  1. Expands or enhances utility of training space: The new centre provides space for an additional 320 students in trades and technology training focusing on sustainable building technologies and the use of alternative and renewable energy sources. In addition, the project provides additional space for 20 students in the newly established Applied Conservation Technician program, and development of the third and fourth year Electrical Apprenticeship program.
  2. Improves energy efficiency: The facility is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by promoting the use of alternative energy sources (solar, wind and ground-source geothermal) for heating and cooling. The centre serves as a demonstration facility for the use of alternative energy sources and improves Okanagan College’s carbon footprint by helping to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality.