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January 18, 2013

Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus certified LEED Gold

by okanagancollegesustainability

The first building in the Central Okanagan built to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard has now been certified by the Canada Green Building Council. Following the stringent guidelines, Okanagan College broke ground on the five-storey $28-million Centre for Learning at the Kelowna campus in 2006. The doors opened to students in 2009, but the building only recently received certification.

“The certification process has been longer than anyone could have expected but it is a really important final piece of the Centre for Learning,” said Steve Robinson, Director of Facilities Management for the College. “We designed and built the facility at a time when very few people were thinking along the sustainability path. We have had a few years to monitor the building’s performance and have been so pleased with the technologies we utilized.”

One other building in Kelowna has achieved LEED Gold status – the Clinical Academic Campus for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine on Pandosy Street in late 2011.

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