Okanagan College Jim Pattison Centre Of Excellence


Penticton, BC


6,622 square metres





Structural Engineer


Construction Manager

PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

Wood Species


Lodgepole pine

Project Materials


Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Structural Systems

Hybrid / Other

Low rise

Passive House / High performance

Post + beam


Featuring an abundance of locally sourced wood, this net-zero centre for sustainable building technologies and renewable energy conservation is a lesson itself in how to reduce our environmental impact using renewable materials and advanced construction techniques.

  • Features an abundance of locally-sourced wood products and technologies.
  • One of the largest buildings in Canada to achieve Living Building Challenge.
  • Demonstrates to students firsthand made-in-BC sustainable building products and innovations.

Lessons in sustainably-built wood-hybrid construction

This centre for sustainable building technologies and renewable energy conservation is described as a living-learning facilityDesigned to be as much a lesson in itself as it is a place to learn, the building demonstrates to students firsthand made-in-BC sustainable building products and innovations. All structural wood used in the centre comes from local forests, including pine from Interior forests that have been impacted by the mountain pine beetle outbreak. The building is primarily a glue-laminated timber (glulam) post and beam structure, but also features a number of innovative components including timber-concrete composite wall panels with integrated heating and cooling pipes and steel-timber hybrid trusses 

One of the largest building of its kind to achieve the net-zero standard

This net-zero energy training facility for sustainable tradespeople and construction professionals is one of the largest buildings in Canada to achieve Living Building Challenge performancethe world’s most rigorous sustainability standard. The net-zero requirements are addressed through on-site renewable energy, rainwater harvesting and recycling and on-site treatment of wastewater, while the materials requirement is met in large part by using locally harvested wood. Radiant heating embedded in a concrete mixture poured on top of wood delivers further energy savings. Many of the building systems are made visible to enhance the educational experience for students and generate real-time performance data.  

“As a ‘living-learning’ environment for trades students, wood material choices for the building’s construction was appropriate. Wood surrounds students as they learn various trade techniques for working with wood products and within wooden structures. Wood products have been used in various combinations and applications, including prefabricated structural elements, various wall and ceiling finishes as well as furniture throughout the structure.”

Kathleen Lausman, Director Campus Planning & Facilities Management, Okanagan College

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam) and sustainable design are featured in this four story upward interior atrium view of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS)
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Exterior building wide nighttime view of Vancouver Island University Cowichan Campus showing lit glass building front and including Glue-laminated timber (Glulam) beams and columns supporting expansive wooden roof
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