Architecture up for awards

Hospital tower, the Vernon library and the Polson Technology Centre are in the running

Three Vernon buildings could bring home hardware for their design.

Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s Polson tower,  the Polson Technology Centre on Polson Drive and the new Okanagan Regional Library branch are among 31 finalists for the Re/Max Thompson-Okanagan Commercial Building Awards in Kelowna Oct. 18.

“The  number and quality of the nominations from all over the Thompson-Okanagan region is simply outstanding, one of the best we’ve seen yet,” said Mark MacDonald, event organizer.

To be eligible, buildings must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

A panel of independent judges, selected at large, have reviewed each nomination, looked at the overall exterior design of the project, and determined how each fit into the surrounding area before deciding the winners.

Tickets for the awards gala at the Coast Capri Hotel are $95, and they can be reserved at