Okanagan College News 2010

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Peters Bros. supports Centre of Excellence with $50,000 donation
Okanagan College Media Release

Peters Bros. Construction Ltd. is helping pave the way to improved access to post-secondary education in the South Okanagan and Similkameen with a $50,000 donation to support Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation.

“We know that sustainability is as much about creating access to education as it is about being environmentally responsible,” says Joe Cuzzocrea, President and General Manager of Peters Bros. “We see Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence as something that aligns closely with our goals of supporting the communities we serve, promoting environmental responsibility and pursuing excellence and giving students a closer-to-home education opportunity.”

Peters Bros. Construction Ltd. is a leading paving firm in British Columbia. It is a privately owned and operated company with its head office in Penticton and serves the entire province.

Peters Bros. Construction Ltd. has four plants in Penticton, Kelowna, Merritt, and Williams Lake. The firm is a leading a hot-in-place asphalt recycler that can recycle 100 per cent of the road being replaced.

“Peters Bros. is a well-known company with a reputation for innovation and excellence,” note Yasmin and Rick Thorpe, who are honourary co-chairs of the $5-million fund-raising campaign for the $28-million Centre of Excellence, being conducted by the Okanagan College Foundation. “Their support is another signal of how much this building means to the corporate community in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. They see the value of investing in the means to create the skilled workforce that we’ll need to watch our economy grow and prosper.”

The campaign has exceeded $2 million.

When it is complete in March, the Centre of Excellence will house approximately 800 students, creating an estimated $41 million in additional economic impact for the region annually. It will be home to a number of new programs, including Geo-Thermal, H-Vac, Power Lineman, Onsite Alternative Energy Sources, Metering and Monitoring of Green Buildings, Building Envelope Construction, Life Cycle Site Management, Refrigeration Mechanics and Applied Conservation Technician.