Posts Tagged ‘Centre of Excellence’

Jun

2

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence achieves LEED Platinum certification

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The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College has been certified LEED Platinum.

Since its completion in 2011, the post-secondary facility has been recognized as one of the most innovative and sustainable education facilities anywhere.

Designed by CEI Architecture, built by PCL Constructors Westcoast, and with sustainable consulting by Recollecting Consulting, the 7,000-square-metre facility provides trades and technology training and professional development with a focus on sustainable practices and the use of alternative and renewable energy.

It was one of three buildings in North America featured by the New York Times Knowledge Network as leading examples of carbon-neutral campus architecture, and has received honours from the Canadian Green Building Council, the Green Good Design Awards, the Applied Science and Technologists and Technicians of BC, and many more.

“The Centre of Excellence is truly an innovative facility, providing leading edge training in sustainable practices for Okanagan College,” said Bill Locking, senior partner with CEI Architecture.“The integrated nature of the design and construction team enabled the Centre of Excellence to achieve ambitious targets for sustainable design. We couldn’t be more proud to have been part of the project.”

The Centre of Excellence is also pursuing certification under the Living Building Challenge, one of the most rigorous measures of sustainability for the built environment. The two-storey building incorporates a variety of integrated energy efficiency and sustainable design features to minimize its impact on the environment.

“The Centre of Excellence is a truly green project and an inspiring model of what can be. The elegant combination of simple passive strategies and complex mechanical systems shows the way forward for the built environment,” said Jason Packer of Recollective Consulting. “It is a pedagogic building, supporting the growth of capacity in the green building trades through the education programs it houses and the growth of the green building design community as a case study in conservation.

“It is great to see the project rewarded with a LEED Platinum certification.”

For more information about this innovative facility, visit the project website at www.alivingclassroom.com or click here.

 

Aug

29

CEI Architecture named Western Living Designers of the Year 2013 in the Eco Category

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CEI Architecture couldn’t be more pleased to be named Eco Designer of the Year by Western Living Magazine. The achievement comes as part of the publication’s annual Designers of the Year awards, which will be featured in their upcoming September issue.

CEI was selected on the strength of such projects as the Vernon Library, Road 13 Winery, Black Hills Estate Wine Experience Centre and the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College.

Along with sustainable design, the awards showcase innovations in fashion, interiors, architecture and industrial design throughout Western Canada, with CEI finding itself in some very impressive company. Fellow award-winners include the non-profit fashion line Obakki, and North Vancouver-based artist, sculptor and furniture designer Brent Comber.

To read more about this year’s award winners, along with an in-depth interview with CEI Principal Nick Bevanda, pick-up the September issue of Western Living magazine or visit them online at westernlivingmagazine.com.

Nov

18

Okanagan College in the Globe and Mail

The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence was featured in the Globe and Mail in an article about investing in human capital through post-secondary education and the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP). KIP is up to $2-billion worth of investment in the country’s universities, colleges and teaching hospitals and has contributed to 248 college-based projects since 2009. The Centre of Excellence was one of those projects, receiving over $22.6-million from the program. Read all about it here.

Jun

26

Robert Parlane presents at TEDx Conference

Robert Parlane, Senior Project Manager for the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence, was one of many interesting presenters at the TEDx Okanagan College conference held on June 25 in Penticton.

The theme of the conference was “Beyond Sustainability.” The event has been covered by many media outlets, including Daybreak on CBC Radio Kelowna.

Robert’s presentation, ‘Agent of Change’ was about the many sustainable features of Okanagan College. For information about the event, visit  www.tedxokanagancollege.com.

 

Okanagan College Centre of Excellence

Jun

6

Classes in session at Okanagan College

The Okanagan College Centre of Excellence is open for learning!

Students began their first classes and shops on June 6, 2011. Designed to be one of the most innovative and sustainable post-secondary facilities in the world, the Centre will train the next generation of tradespeople in cutting-edge, sustainable building practices.

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