Okanagan College Trades Complex


Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. and David Nairne & Associates Ltd.


Education Post Secondary




Kelowna, BC


Project Details

Okanagan College’s trades shops and classrooms includes a significant new addition that comprises 55,000 sq.ft. extensive renovation and renewal of the original building as well as a new 3-storey state-of-the-art addition providing a further 60,000 sq.ft. of high-tech classroom, lab, shops, and student space on the south side of the existing trades complex. The project includes renovations and improvements to several of the existing shops, alongside a new plumbing shop, plus an expansion and refit of the heavy-duty shop.

Okanagan College has once again implemented leading-edge sustainability measures into this facility, such as; recycled materials, environmental control systems, low-flow toilets and motion-detecting faucets, advanced energy-efficient HVAC systems, natural ventilation, solar photovoltaic arrays to generate electricity, and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG).

The project followed a Lean Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process with the architect, engineers and contractors (PCL Construction) collaborating from the concept stage all the way through to completion. The contractors were invested in the design from the outset and the design team kept within a budget that was regularly updated to align with the Owner’s requirements and schedule. The project’s construction administration phase was more effective than a traditional design-bid-build process with fewer RFIs, change orders and site instructions.

The project completed in Spring 2016 ahead of schedule and on budget.