Okanagan College Kelowna Trades Complex Renewal and Expansion
This $35-million, LEED Platinum certified project has provided much-needed revitalization and renewal for Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus, creating additional capacity for students and apprentices in a building that is a showcase for sustainability. Shops and classrooms have been fully renovated and retrofitted to modernize and better utilize the space. A two-storey addition has more than doubled the size of the complex, providing much needed student space and innovative classrooms for trades and technology programs specifically focused on skills development, training and upgrade. The project is the first of its kind in British Columbia to transform a complex of this age – originally constructed in the 1960s – size, and diversity into a modern learning space that is energy neutral.
Integral Group provided LEED Consulting, Living Building Challenge and Energy Modeling services for this project, realizing the College’s sustainable design goals to reduce energy consumption for both the renovation and new construction components, and decrease maintenance by an estimate of $10 Million and operational costs by $220,000.
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