Okanagan College Health Sciences Centre
Client Okanagan College | Location Kelowna, BC | Completion 2020
The Health Sciences Centre at Okanagan College’s Kelowna Campus will be a catalyst for interaction. The facility will foster integration between academic departments, focusing on opportunities for collaboration amongst students and staff while creating a sense of wellness. The design prioritizes the learner, creating effective learning and teaching spaces, accommodating the newest technologies, and integrating student support space that enhances their educational and social experience.
The design was developed through a holistic and collaborative approach, including extensive Indigenous integration – which engaged a committee of representatives from the College’s Indigenous Committee as well as members of the Westbank First Nation. The concept of weaving is important to the Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation and was integrated into both exterior and interior elements. Spaces for art have been designated inside the building including glazed guardrail panels and a three-storey high feature wall in the student gathering area.
The Health Sciences Centre is pushing the envelope of sustainable practice by targeting LEED Gold, the Zero Carbon Building Standard, and Silver Certification of the WELL Educational Pilot Program, a standard that focuses on occupant health and wellness and the first of its kind in Western Canada.