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.
While the design team considered other structural materials, they chose wood because it was a sustainable, cost-effective building material that could be installed quickly. Okanagan College administrators wanted to show that Passive House compliance was possible within the institutional building realm.
Okanagan College had a tight budget and schedule constraints. The design-build team completed the project in just 10 months.
This structure was framed with double-stud exterior walls, wood trusses, crosslaminated timber (CLT) for the entrance canopy and laminated veneer lumber (LVL) for window and door headers. Inside, they used birch wall paneling in the central corridor; interior door and window frames were Douglas-fir. All forest products were harvested and milled within the Okanagan region.