Toronto – Diamond Schmitt Architects has won a SCUP/AIA-CAE Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture for the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion in Kelowna, BC. The project is in association with David Nairne + Associates. The annual award is presented by the Society for College and University Planning / American Institute of Architects – Committee on Architecture for Education.
The $35-million Trades Training Complex opened in the fall of 2016. The expansion includes 67,000 sq. ft. (6,237 sm) of new learning space configured around a soaring three-storey atrium. A retrofit of an additional 47,000 sq. ft. (4385 sm) connects the building with three existing structures that together unify and give a public face to the new trades complex.
The Okanagan College facility is highly sustainable and on track for a trifecta of environmental excellence:
• LEED Platinum certification
• Living Building Challenge Petal certification
• Net Zero for new construction
• In addition, the renewal portion targets LEED for Existing Buildings Certification LEED EBOM Gold
“Achieving extraordinary sustainability targets and integrating the various functional program elements were the primary motivating forces in the design,” said Diamond Schmitt Associate Sarah Low. “An equally important design objective was to normalize sustainability and show that it can be achieved in everyday buildings.”
SCUP is a community of higher education leaders that promotes the integration of campus planning and design. This is the 5th SCUP Award for Diamond Schmitt. Previous winners are Thompson Rivers University Law School (2014), Ryerson Image Centre (2013), Algonquin College of Construction Excellence (2012) and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (2007).
Diamond Schmitt Architects (www.dsai.ca) is based in Toronto. Informed by urbanism, driven by design, the firm’s extensive portfolio includes performing arts centres, residential and commercial buildings, research and academic facilities. Current projects include the design for David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City; the restoration of Ottawa’s heritage Government Conference Centre to include the interim home of the Canadian Senate; the transformation of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; and the new campus for Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver.