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Project Health Sciences Centre Location Kelowna, BC Completion 2020 Size Client Okanagan College Project Type Concept Share this project:

Health Sciences Centre

A catalyst for interaction.

The new Health Sciences Centre (HSC) at Okanagan College fosters 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 Health Sciences Centre’s space plan and program specifically cultivates inter-departmental collaboration and student/staff engagement. The building features a ‘light well’ that intelligently filters natural light down to the floors and spaces below. The building incorporates faculty offices, program delivery spaces, teaching laboratories and student gathering across all three floors of the building. It is not segregated – but purposefully integrated – incorporating standardized space sizes. This allows for the future re-purposing of spaces as programs or research priorities change.

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.



Design

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.

 



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Publications

Date TitlePublication
2021.03 Feature, Health Sciences Centre – Okanagan CollegeAward Magazine

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