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78 | M A R C H 2 0 2 1 Health Sciences Centre – Okanagan College Allmar supplied the architectural hardware, automatic operators, hollow metal doors and frames, wood doors, washroom accessories and miscella- neous building specialties, as well as supplied and installed the access control. Equally important to the campus setting, the Health Sciences Centre was located between two buildings and deliberately stepped back to cre- ate an entry plaza connecting the three buildings. Spencer Calhoun, senior project manager at Stuart Olson, concedes that it took extra time and planning to ensure all building materials met the numerous sustainability and wellness Gold standards. "For example, solar panels for the roof were sourced from Spain and had to be certified when they reached Canada," he says. "When the pandemic hit, the flow of many other products were interrupted, but only temporarily." Calhoun says his biggest challenge was subsurface conditions: "We had to remove abandoned piping and reroute storm, sewer, and water infrastruc- ture to make way for our building. Additionally, a narrow service corridor between buildings and an especially cold 2018-19 winter affected subsurface scope, but the team tackled each chal- lenge as it came." Hamilton points out that the call for health care professionals is expected to grow over the next decade: recent labour market data predicts the need for as many as 25,000 nurses required to staff B.C.'s health care system over the next ten years. Given these numbers, the Health Sciences Centre is a critical addition to the Okanagan College campus, as well as a great example of a facility whose design and construction pro- motes wellness. "By pursuing the Well Building standard and LEED Gold, every corner of the Centre has been designed with this consideration," says Hamilton. "We're very proud of the way this new facility will only continue to enhance the great health and social development education students have always received at the College." A LOCATION 1000 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. OWNER /DEVELOPER Okanagan College ARCHITECT GEC Architecture GENER AL CONTR ACTOR Stuart Olson STRUCTUR AL CONSULTANT RJC Engineers MECHANICAL CONSULTANT CIMA+ ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT Falcon Engineering L ANDSCAPE ARCHITECT WSP Canada LEED CONSULTANT EcoAmmo Sustainability Consulting Inc. TOTAL SIZE 2,800 square metres TOTAL COST $18.9 million P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U RT E SY G EC A RC H I T EC T U R E | #masstimber #designbuild #integratedprojectdelivery As the proud Construction Manager for the Okanagan College Health Sciences Building, we are committed to continuing to serve Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Kamloops, and the greater Southern Interior region. Join us on #OurBestBuildYet #constructionmanagement #smartbuildingintegration #lifecycleservices

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