Designed by Meiklejohn Architects Inc.
Renderings by Meiklejohn Architects Inc.
Located in downtown Kelowna, the Okanagan Centre for Innovation (OCI) is a seven-storey hub for technology, innovation, and entrepreneurial businesses. The facility accommodates small start-ups to large tech and innovation firms. The interior features a dramatic seven-storey atrium and staircase, as well as a skylight. In addition, a 15,000 sq. ft. green roof provides an area for people to gather, complete with seating and fireplaces. Sustainability was a key element in the overall design, with the OCI utilizing as many environmental features as possible.
The concept required communal spaces available behind the building, as well as traditional commercial retail units (CRUs). The electrical systems are designed in such a way that each floor level can be divided into any number of tenant spaces, with each having access to power and network connections. An integrated access control system throughout the building allows tenants to partner their space on the same network, providing seamless access to private and public spaces. The utility fibre and the City of Kelowna dark fibre can both be accessed by tenants to ensure bandwidth requirements are met for any tenant. Multimedia displays in the atrium, as well as in the theatre space, engage visitors and tenants alike to provide a unique experience.