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.