PCL Receives 2016 CCA Environmental Achievement Award

With sustainable construction an increasingly recognized part of the future of the industry, a recently-completed project by PCL is making its mark on the Canadian construction landscape by minimizing its mark on the environment.
Designed to achieve LEED platinum status, the Jim
Pattison Centre of Excellence inspires students to
keep sustainability in mind throughout all stages of
the building process.

The building’s roof has the largest array of
photovoltaic solar panels in Western Canada, which
provide domestic hot water as well as supplemental
building heat.​

The Jim Pattison Centre is equipping the next
generation of students entering careers in
construction with the knowledge and abilities they
will need to bring future sustainable buildings to life.​


In a ceremony on March 22, 2017 the CCA presented PCL with the 2016 CCA Environmental Achievement Award for the Okanagan College Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence for its role in constructing this model example of sustainable construction. The Jim Pattison Centre became the first building of its size in the region to receive LEED® Platinum certification, and the centre has been named the most sustainable postsecondary building in Canada by Corporate Knights magazine in their 2016 Green Building Review.

A Living Monument to Sustainability

Designed to inspire the next generation of construction professional, Okanagan College envisioned the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence taking on the Living Building Challenge (LBC) to achieve an advanced measure of sustainability by focusing on seven performance areas: site, water, energy, health, materials, equity, and beauty. The LBC is just that—a challenge. On top of prerequisites in each of the seven categories, there must be net-zero energy and water consumption. The project team’s commitment to sustainability ensured that the Jim Pattison Centre completed the Living Building Challenge.  

“We are very proud to see our sustainable building skills making a difference along with our valued clients by focusing environmental sustainability,” said PCL CEO Dave Filipchuk. “It’s a pleasure to be recognized by our industry while contributing to healthy communities at the same time.”

For Generations to Come

The building itself acts as a teaching tool, with exposed HVAC systems, interactive building controls with live demonstrable data, and rooftop access equipping the next generation of students entering careers in construction with the knowledge and abilities they will need to bring future sustainable buildings to life.

The CCA Environmental Achievement Award was created in 1991, and recognizes the leadership role that CCA member firms and associations have taken to promote and undertake exemplary environmental conduct within the Canadian construction industry.

Find out more about the CCA Environmental Achievement Award winning Jim Pattison Centre. 

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