At its very heart, the Okanagan College Child Care Centre is a project dedicated to sustainability. The first institutional building in Canada to meet stringent Passive House certification requirements, this wood-framed structure uses just one-quarter of the energy that a comparable commercial building would require.
Speed of construction, reduced building weight, and the cachet of a timber design convinced the owners of Penticton Lakeside Resort to use wood instead of concrete when expanding their waterfront resort. Situated on the south end of Okanagan Lake, an area popular with tourists and locals alike for its recreational activities, wineries and fruit orchards, this six-storey, seventy-unit hotel sets a new standard for the use of mass timber in commercial and hospitality projects.
This renovation of the aquatic component of the Penticton Community Centre expands the existing lap pool to 10 lanes, and extends the building and natatorium to house a significant leisure component such as play features and a waterslide. It also provides new men's, women's and family change rooms, a new entrance and lobby, and features improvements to the existing community centre, including relocating the fitness centre to the second floor, offering views of the pool. The Aquatic Centre addition is seamlessly linked to the interior of the existing Community Centre and theatre.
Reflecting the teaching philosophy of “show, don't tell,” the Okanagan College wanted a new centre for sustainable building technology to be built using advanced, green construction. The resulting Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technology and Renewable Energy Conservation at Okanagan College in Penticton is one of the world's greenest buildings.