CCA is pleased to present PCL Construction with the 2016 CCA Environmental Achievement Award for its role in constructing a truly outstanding example of sustainable building, and for taking on the Living Building Challenge so successfully.

CCA is pleased to present PCL Construction with the 2016 CCA Environmental Achievement Award for its role in constructing a truly outstanding example of sustainable building, and for taking on the Living Building Challenge so successfully.

Designed to achieve LEED® Platinum status as a form of inspiration for the next generation of tradespeople, 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. On top of prerequisites in each of these categories, there must be net-zero energy and water consumption.

PCL was in charge of construction management, but worked closely with consultants and contractors. “The best part about the project was the team approach,” said senior project manager Gary Thomas. As part of the LBC, PCL was also tasked with not only engaging the local community in the building process, but sourcing local materials as well. “All materials had to be sourced within a strict radius from the site. The heavier and more basic the component, the more locally you had to get it,” continued Thomas.

The building itself acts as a teaching tool, with exposed HVAC systems, interactive building controls with live demonstrable data, and rooftop access allowing for study of experimental technologies.

Watch the video that was shown at the awards ceremony March 22, 2017 in Mexico.

Watch the video

Past Recipients

  • 2015 Maple Reinders Group of Companies
  • 2014 PCL Construction
  • 2013 Maple Reinders
  • 2012 JJM Construction
  • 2011 Lafarge
  • 2010 Black & McDonald
  • 2009 Morsky HySpeed Soil Nailing
  • 2008 Miller Paving
  • 2007 Windmill Development Group
  • 2006 Maple Reinders Constructors, honourable mention Morsky Industrial Services
  • 2005 Dufferin Construction Company
  • 2004 Maple Reinders
  • 2003 Kindred Construction
  • 2002 Miller Paving, honourable mention Ledcor Alberta
  • 2001 Maritime Road Development