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The Okanagan Centre for Innovation: Designed with Intention

The Okanagan Centre for Innovation: Designed with Intention

Text below from December 05, 2016 Castanet Article

The countdown is on and all hands are on deck for the completion of the much anticipated Okanagan Centre for Innovation (OCI). The building is filled to the atrium with tenants who are enthusiastically planning their office spaces, all looking forward to moving in over the upcoming months.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with the lead architect on the project, Stoke Tonne of Meiklejohn Architects, on the vision behind the design of the building. Tonne comments, “Some of the hopes and dreams for this building are that it will set a precedent for what buildings in Kelowna will look and function like in the future. It offers several features that are unique, not only in the Kelowna region, but across Canada as well.”

Along with Meiklejohn Architects Inc., Tonne has built his reputation through the design of notable buildings throughout the Okanagan such as the Kelowna Yacht Club. The firm’s vast portfolio boasts other local gems such as the Laurel Packinghouse, the South Okanagan Performing Arts Centre and the Landmark VI Centre. Tonne states, “the Meiklejohn firm jumped at the opportunity to apply their expertise and vision to the creation of the OCI as we knew it would positively change the architectural landscape of Kelowna and its cultural district.”

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