Canadian Green Building Award Winner Features Vicwest Corrugated Profile

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The winners of the 2019 Canadian Green Building Awards were recently announced by Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine (SABMag). Congratulations to all winners for the achievement! The award for Institutional Large, went to Diamond Schmitt Architects for the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion project, featuring 7/8″ corrugated steel cladding by Vicwest.

The annual awards for excellence are a collaboration between the Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) and SABMag, and are awarded to both residential and non-residential projects for innovative architectural design and execution in nine building categories. Projects include new construction, existing buildings, renovations and interior design. Winning submissions are announced in June each year, and featured in a Special Awards publication that is distributed at the CaGBC national conference.

We were delighted to share that one of the 2019 winners included a Vicwest steel cladding profile in the exterior design.

Diamond Schmitt Architects Winning Project: Okanagan College Trades Renewal

“Jury comments: The high-performance objectives set for this building are particularly significant given its purpose – to provide a living example of the type of building to inspire and train the trades people who will build the next generation of sustainable buildings. Achieving net-zero energy in an equipment-intensive workshop environment is, in itself, a considerable challenge; to do so with a building that is open, transparent and inspiring makes this achievement all the more remarkable.”

“Exterior sunshades by McGill Architectural Products. Steel cladding is 7/8-in. corrugated profile supplied by Vicwest.  Alumicor supplied the operable windows 5000 Series Phantom Vents, 2300 Series skylights, and 2600 Series curtain walls.”

“The primary objective of the Okanagan College Trades Renewal and Expansion project was to enlarge and unify disparate elements of the Trades training program on the Kelowna, BC campus and to provide an exemplar of highly sustainable building design for students and future generations of trades workers. The project comprises two distinct but integrated components: the renovation of 4,180 m2 of existing Trades Workshop and the construction of a 5,574 m2 addition.

The new space accommodates classrooms, group offices, labs, trade shops, a café, as well as student social and study space for the campus as a whole. The ambitious sustainable design targets were a driving force for the project. They include achieving Living Building Challenge petal certification including Net Zero Energy, LEED Platinum for the new addition, and LEED Gold for Existing Buildings Certification (LEED EB:O&M) for the renovation. That a trades facility with its high energy-use requirements to power tools and equipment can strive for this level of energy self-sufficiency sends an important message that a sustainable future is not only attainable but is possible now.”


About Vicwest 7/8 Corrugated Steel Cladding

The 7/8″ Corrugated profile by Vicwest features a gentle pattern of continuous wave-like corrugations that are sure to create a truly different face on any building surface. The corrugations, measuring only 2.66″ from crest to crest, produce a shadow effect that is both symmetrical and attractive. For any wall cladding application, the 7/8″ Corrugated sheet is an excellent choice.

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