Okanagan College trades building is Kelowna winning awards

The new building has been named best overall by the Southern Interior Construction Association.

The new Okanagan COllege trades training building in Kelowna.

Okanagan College’s new trades training building has only been open a few months but it’s already a multi award winner.

The high-tech, environmentally friendly building on the college’s KLO campus in Kelowna was named the judges’ choice best overall entry in the eighth annual Southern Interior Construction Association Commercial Building Awards Oct. 27.

There were 28 finalists in the event, which had cities in the Thompson, Okanagan and Kootenay regions represented, with entries from Kamloops, Monte Creek, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Enderby, Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton and Cranbrook.

To be eligible, new institutional, commercial and industrial buildings, as wel as multi and single family, recreational or renovation projects must have been completed between July 31, 2015 and July 31, 2016.

Each submission was judged by a team of independent judges.

The Okanagan College trades training building was also the Excellence Award winner in the commercial institutional category.

The  general contractor for the project was PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., and the architect/designer was Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc.