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Okanagan College Centre of Excellence achieves LEED Platinum certification


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 or click here.




Jim Pattison Centre featured in Award Magazine article

Award-June-2013_189wThe Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was recently featured in the June 2013 issue of Award Magazine. The article, “Changing Attitudes” explores sustainable design strategies and technologies, along with the often rigorous standards required for certification.

Though the requirements for LEED, ASHRAE and other environmental standards are challenging, and in some cases not well-understood, the appetite for sustainable design endures. Many commercial clients no longer see sustainability as an add-on service, but expect green practices to be embedded into the design and construction process.

These expectations, along with government subsidies, are making sustainable building practices more common in North America. Though challenges exist between human attitudes, regulations, and utilizing appropriate  green technology, we couldn’t be happier to see sustainable design practices becoming more common place in the architecture industry!


Award is Canada’s best read design and construction magazine, and has a strong focus on sustainability. 



CEI in the News

Here is a sampling of CEI’s recent media coverage.

Okanagan College rises to a “Challenge”

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence made the front cover of the Canadian Facility Management and Design Magazine, October issue. The article focuses on the facility as one of the first and largest projects in the world striving to meet the standards of the Living Building Challenge.

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre on ArchDaily

Robert H. N. Ho Research Centre, a project CEI completed with MCMP Architects, is up on ArchDaily’s architecture blog, one of the world’s leading architectural websites. The site gets over 7 million visits and 45 million page impressions per month. Check out the post here.

CEI wineries in the news

Terravista winery has caught the attention of Canadian Architect. This new boutique Okanagan winery appears on their website.

The new Wine Experience Centre at Black Hills Winery also received recognition in the latest print issue of Canadian Architect. It was also a feature story on American Building Today.

CEI featured in Canadian Business Executive Magazine

CEI was selected by the Canadian Business Executive magazine for an editorial feature in the Fall 2012 issue. The editorial showcases CEI’s work in real estate, healthcare and our commitment to sustainability, covering recent awards for the Centre of Excellence. Read the full article here.



A Living Classroom for Green Building Technology

Okanagan College is offering a new certificate program for Green Building Design and Construction. This 360-hour program blends online instruction with workshops and classes at the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Penticton, which is designed to be one of the world’s greenest buildings.




Jim Pattison recognizes excellence

Jim Pattison joined Premier Christy Clark, MP Dan Albas and 250 guests, students and members of the community last December to announce a pledge of $2.5 million in matching funds to the college. This is the largest private gift ever given to a college in the province of B.C.

Pattison recognizes that the Center of Excellence is a catalyst for the future of sustainable building in B.C. and beyond. “I am a firm believer in education and understand that innovative buildings such as this are the places where we will train and develop a skilled workforce and the leaders of tomorrow,” said Pattison. The building, now named after Mr. Pattison, proudly recognizes the generous gift with a new sign on the west entrance, welcoming students and visitors to the Penticton campus.

CEI Architecture is pleased to see the Centre get the attention it deserves. At 6,780 square metres, the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence is one of the largest buildings of its type to pursue the rigorous standards of the Living Building Challenge™. It is a living experiment in sustainable innovation, and a testament to the power of integrated design.

Learn more about the innovative features of the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence at

Read more about the pledge by Jim Pattison to the Okanagan College here.



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.