Design and Construction - Kelowna Trades Complex

Design and Construction

and refitting 50-year-old shops and classrooms and marrying them to a leading edge addition is a challenge and an opportunity from the design and construction perspective.

For Okanagan College, it offered a chance to make a statement about rethinking the built environment, with an emphasis on how best to work with existing structures..

The firm of Diamond Schmitt, collaborating with David Nairne + Associates Ltd. of North Vancouver, designed the complex.

Diamond Schmitt principal Donald Schmitt explains that the aim was to create “a highly sustainable facility” that responds to and anticipates the needs of students, staff and the community.

Several of the existing shops (the current automotive, RV, welding, and carpentry shops) underwent renovations and improvements. A new shop - the plumbing shop - was constructed, linking the College's existing collision repair shops.

As part of the project, a major expansion and refit of the heavy duty shop was also completed, with a significant outdoor canopy constructed to provide overhead weather protection for the many pieces of our teaching equipment and for outdoor learning experiences.



trades front ed white

trades courtyard ed white

Trades Canopy



Accolades and Awards



Regional American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Awards in Seattle, Washington

First Place Overall
First Place, Existing Educational category

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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Excellence Awards

Award of Merit - Excellence in Architecture for Building Additions or Adaptive Reuse
scup award of merit


Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) Okanagan
Tommie Gold Awards

Best Environmental Initiative in Construction

tommie gold 2017


8th Annual Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) Commercial Building Awards

Best Overall Entry
Best Community Institutional project

SICA awards 2016