Located in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Okanagan College offers post-secondary education through each of its four regions, stretching from the Canada-US border in the south to Revelstoke in the north. The College offers a wide range of academic, vocational, trades, apprenticeship, and continuing education programs and courses. The College’s new Trades Complex at the Kelowna campus is one of the most advanced and sustainable trades training facilities in the world. It landed the top spot for Best Environmental Initiative at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association – Okanagan Chapter Awards Gala on January 28, 2017.
The three-year, $35 million project was designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects in association with David Nairne + Associates and constructed by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. with the goal to be certified LEED Platinum and achieve net zero energy usage.
The ambitious project involved a 10,000 square meter renovation and expansion that included building a new three-story learning space and state-of-the-art workshops as well as retrofitting and environmentally upgrading existing facilities. The Complex, which officially opened in September 2016, has the capacity to train 2,700 students a year for in-demand skills. The Trades Complex is the College’s first campus building to win a Tommie and is one of two sustainability-focused projects the College was involved with that were honored at this year’s ceremony.
Selux is proud to be a part of this project with M36 LED beautifully illuminating the Trades Complex throughout.