Even months ahead of completion, the new Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus is already garnering worldwide attention and acclamation, like a first of its kind award the college was given at a ceremony in Vancouver yesterday.
The 9000-member Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC) named Okanagan College as the first organizational winner of its new TechGREEN Award, based largely on the Centre of Excellence project.
College president Jim Hamilton, along with regional dean Donna Lomas, was on hand to accept the award from John Yap, Minister of State for Climate Action.
“It was a really nice surprise. I did not know that the breakfast Rotary club had put this submission in,” said Lomas. “We’re very thrilled to win the award, but the fact that people in the community took the time to put together such a large and such a good submission, that’s the reward. It means that we are on the right track and people in the community really appreciate what we’re trying to do.”
Penticton nominator Bill Billups, currently working for the Canadian Wood Council as a Technical Advisor, was part of the design team, providing technical assistance for using wood in the design of non-residential building projects.
Billups cited Lomas and the Penticton OK Rotary Club as key drivers of the project, saying that the purpose of the $28-million Centre of Excellence building is to train technologists, technicians and tradespersons in the design and construction of fully sustainable buildings.