Okanagan College’s new Trades Training Centre in Vernon has only been open for a couple months, but its already won an award.
The centre received the Institutional Award for its innovative construction at the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards.
“We had three goals in mind when we set out to construct our new Trades facility in Vernon,” explains Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton. “We knew we wanted to provide students with the highest-quality learning environment possible, to build a facility that will help meet the demand for skilled trades people in the North Okanagan and beyond, and, finally, to continue to raise the bar for ourselves in sustainability.
The $6.2-million building can accommodate about 150 students per year and features a dedicated welding shop and multi-use spaces in which the College can deliver training in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing and pipefitting.
The first class of students in the shop were a group of 18 Plumbing and Pipefitting Foundation students who helped to officially open the building on August 7.
The centre also houses the College’s Women in Trades training program and the first class of students from that program to access the new building began this week.
MQN Architects and Interior Design of Vernon designed the building, while Maple Reinders Construction of Kelowna was the general contractor.