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March 1, 2012

Vote for OC’s Centre of Excellence!

by Arnica Rowan

ArchDaily readers have selected The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence as a finalist in the Building of the Year Awards in the category of education. Follow this link to vote for the building (votes may be cast daily until March 6.)

One of the world’s most sustainable buildings now carries the name of one of British Columbia’s best-known entrepreneurs and community-builders, Mr. Jim Pattison.

The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation was announced by Premier Christy Clark on Monday, Dec. 12 in Penticton at the official opening of the new $28-million building. The name reflects the generosity of Mr. Jim Pattison and his Foundation, which contributed $2.5-million to the Okanagan College Foundation and its community fundraising campaign.

Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation

The first classes of Okanagan College students are already experiencing education and training in the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation. They are learning in one of the world’s greenest buildings; a structure that is as much a lesson in itself as it is a place to learn. It’s a building that incorporates made-in-B.C. innovation as much as it serves to promote it.

Click Here Watch news coverage of the Jim Pattison Announcement
Click Here See the video tour of the Jim Pattison Centre Of Excellence
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donate.jpg The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence designed by CEI Architecture Planning Interiors, is a facility that supports a program mix with a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy. The innovative features of the building itself are going to be used as a teaching tool to help train the next generation of tradespeople in green construction practices.

The structure has been built to meet the ambitious targets of the Living Building Challenge (illb.org), which requires net-zero energy and water consumption, as well as several other prerequisites.

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