Local buildings win awards

Several South Okanagan construction projects were recognized this week at the Thompson Okanagan Commercial Building Awards.

The new tower at the Penticton Lakeside Resort won the hospitality award of excellence.

The six-storey, 70-unit tower was built with local Structurlam cross-laminated timber, designed by the late Nick Bevanda of HDR|CEI Architecture Associates.

Penticton’s Landform Architecture also won runner-up awards of merit for two projects.

The first was the Okanagan College child care centre in Penticton, the first passive house certified child care facility in Canada. The passive house certification is one of the most stringent energy-efficiency standards.

Landform Architecture says the daycare is the most energy efficient building in the Okanagan.

The architecture firm was also recognized for its renovation of the 8th Generation Vineyard tasting room in Summerland.

“We took a 1940s farmhouse, and removed everything from the interior to expose the studs and plank sheathing, revealing the many generations of construction in the building,” said Chris Allen, principal.

The Osoyoos Indian Band Building in Oliver won the wood construction award of excellence.

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