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Centre of Excellence gets a new name and a grand opening

On December 12, the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence celebrated its grand opening in Penticton, and also revealed its new name: The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. The announcement was made by B.C. Premier Christy Clark at the grand opening celebration.

The new name reflects the generosity of B.C. businessman and community supporter Jim Pattison, who donated $2.5 million to the Okanagan College Foundation and its community fundraising campaign.

The post-secondary facility opened earlier this year, supporting programs and classes in sustainable building tools and techniques for the next generation of building professionals. It was designed to the standards of the Living Building Challenge, the most rigorous sustainability program on the planet, with stringent requirements for energy efficiency, water consumption, air quality, material selection, and more.

The building itself is part of the curriculum, with accessible design features that provide students with a practical, hands on education in made-in-B.C. sustainable design.

“It’s a great day for everybody involved; students, administrators, trades people, and the whole community,” said CEI Architecture’s Tim McLennan. “It’s been such a collaborative effort between so many people that makes this building what it is. I think that it’s going to have an extremely positive, long-term influence on green building everywhere.”

Check out the video above for footage of the opening celebrations, and if you’re in Penticton, check out the building, one of the most innovative sustainable facilities in the world.

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