Lara Pow, SQM president, is celebrating the company’s Best in Commercial Construction Award. (Lisa VanderVelde/Morning Star)

SQM celebrates Best in Commercial Construction Award

Vernon research centre earns top award for downtown offices

Service Quality Measurement (SQM) Group is celebrating after winning a Best in Commercial Construction Award at the recent ninth Annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards event.

With more than 100 applicants and a record number of finalists, SQM’s state-of-the-art research centre won the Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Award for the Renovation category. About 50 per cent of SQM’s workforce are millennials and were the source of inspiration for this Google-lite office design that is the new home of SQM’s research centre on 31st Avenue in downtown Vernon.

“A huge thank-you goes to Heartwood Homes Ltd. for providing their expertise and dedication to this renovation project, and Lunde Architect Ltd. for the design, of which we are now proud to call our new Canadian headquarters,” said Lara Pow, SQM president. “There was incredible competition for these awards, and we are truly honored to have received this award.”

SQM’s new high-tech office includes open areas that facilitate and promote workplace collaboration, including meeting/lounge spaces furnished with leather couches, coffee bars, and a relaxation room with massage chairs.

In addition, each floor has a boardroom for larger group meetings, private coaching rooms, kitchens with window seating overlooking the city, and soft LED automatic, adjustable lighting for a more environmentally friendly option in the workplace.

Just Posted

Vernon climate advocacy group protests against Tolko

Group to demonstrate outside company head office Monday over plan to log close to water supply

Vernon’s Vest finishes top-two at third straight golf event

Teen phenom drops playoff at MLT Odlum Brown Classic in Surrey

Lumby pedalling toward bike park

Village and partners hope to create bike park on village property in near future

UPDATED: Power has returned in parts of Greater Vernon

Crews restore power to more than 5,000 customers after noon-hour outage

Festival goers at the 27th annual Roots and Blues Festival

The Observer asked: Where are you from and what brought you to the festival?

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Summerland’s downtown has gone through numerous changes

Main Street has been commercial hub of community for many years

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Mistake-riddled offence leads to first loss for Okanagan Sun

The Sun lost to the Westshore Rebels 16-13

Most Read