Health Sciences Centre
Health Sciences Centre
Okanagan College - Kelowna Campus
In March 2017, the Provincial Government announced $15.4 million for the construction of a new $18.9-million Health Sciences Centre at the Kelowna campus of Okanagan College. The new facility will support and enhance the College’s ability to continue to train the skilled workers in high demand across the health science sector in B.C.
The new facility will be located beside the existing Laboratory (C) Building which currently accommodates the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, university transfer science programs and engineering technology programs.
The facility will provide technology-enhanced and student-centred labs, classrooms and office space for health and social development programs, including:
Two year and/or diploma programs:
Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Years 1 and 2)
Human Service Work
Certified Dental Assistant
Health Care Assistant
Spaces in the building may also be utilized to support the delivery of a number of the health and social development programs offered by the College’s Continuing Studies department.
The new Health Sciences Centre will build on Okanagan College’s record of developing award-winning facilities that champion sustainability and green building practices. The Centre will be designed and built to meet the requirements of:
ZERO CARBON Building Standard
Okanagan College will be one of 16 organizations nationwide participating in a pilot program that focuses on design and construction standards meant to reduce a structure’s carbon footprint.
WELL Building Standard
The new building will pursue a minimum of WELL Silver certification – a standard that is focused on advancing occupant health and wellbeing in buildings. It is based on 10 concepts that each comes with its own features and measures: Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind and Community.
LEED Rating System
Beginning with the Centre for Learning, Okanagan College has built each of its new structures since 2005 with a minimum goal of meeting Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Gold standard. The rating system focuses on water and energy efficiency as well as indoor air quality.
The total project cost is $18.9 million. The Province of B.C. will contribute $15.4 million and through fundraising Okanagan College is aiming to raise $3.5 million to support the construction of the facility and $1.5 million for program and student support.
Projected completion date: Late Spring 2020