Project Description

Okanagan College Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence

The multiple award winning, LEED Platinum Certified Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation project is also targeting the International Living Building Challenge. The project uses sustainable design and construction methods and serves as a teaching tool at the school by highlighting the passive and active building systems for the occupants. The new facility includes classrooms, trade shops, a student pavilion, kinetics, business development space, a kitchen, gym and fitness area.

The 2-storey, 76,230 sq.ft. building includes a photovoltaic array, solar hot water, natural ventilation using solar chimneys, mechanical ventilation air heat recovery, displacement mechanical ventilation, ground-source heat with radiant floor and wall heating and ground water free-cooling. Extensive thermal comfort modeling and energy modeling was conducted by AME Group to ensure occupant comfort as well as confirming Net Zero Energy consumption targets.

Carbon emissions impact was evaluated throughout the design as well as the ability to achieve Net Zero Energy consumption as part of the Living Building Challenge. The project is now complete and allowances have been made within the design to add sufficient PV panels to achieve Net Zero Energy consumption as the project budget could not support this to be included in the initial construction. Carbon neutrality was not achieved however the impacts were evaluated and identified for the client to consider purchasing carbon offsets.

  • 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineers Tree for Life Award
  • 2012 Canadian Consulting Engineers Award of Excellence
  • 2012 ASHRAE BC Chapter Technology Award – New Institutional Building