Community and recreation facilities play a vital role in the social, cultural and physical health of British Columbians. The province is increasingly incorporating wood innovation in these public sector buildings, helping contribute to the quality of life in B.C. communities.
In smaller towns and remote regions of the province, these facilities may be one of the few public spaces where residents can come together and access important community services.
Recently, Wood WORKS! BC presented five Community Recognition Awards at the 2018 Union of BC Municipalities Convention, recognizing leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments. Criteria included the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.
“Through their new wood projects, these communities have realized wood’s many benefits including cost-effectiveness, a reduced carbon footprint and enhancement of their streetscapes through beautiful and expressive new buildings. They have also demonstrated that traditional and new technologically advanced wood products and building systems can be used effectively and distinctly in many types and sizes of civic buildings.”
Lynn Embury-Williams, Executive Director of Wood WORKS! BC
2018 Community Recognition Award recipients
LMLGA — Lower Mainland Local Government Association:
- City of Surrey for the South Surrey Operations Centre
- Township of Langley for the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre
- MERIT: City of Coquitlam for Rochester Park
AKBLG — Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments:
- Village of Radium Hot Springs for the Radium Hot Springs Community Centre and Library
- MERIT: City of Kimberley for the Civic Centre North Wall Replacement
NCLGA — North Central Local Government Association:
- Village of Hazelton for the Upper Skeena Recreation Centre
- Town of Smithers for the Smithers Airport
- MERIT: City of Quesnel for South Quesnel Park
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time is spent either at home or in school. Given this situation, the design of schools is of clear importance where wood plays a vital role.
Hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), this technical workshop on robotic fabrication was held October 13 – 17 for students and practicing architects to share knowledge and experience with wood design experts. Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work […]
Discover the outcomes from this event that taught essential information about wood building fire requirements in the upcoming revised buildings codes.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized recently at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler. Five local governments were presented with awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The City of Surrey, Township of Langley, Village of Radium Hot Springs, Village of Hazleton and Town of Smithers were all recognized as being exemplary advocates for wood.
With thousands of names on waiting lists for student housing at British Columbia universities, the skyrocketing demand in an already crowded and expensive rental market has inspired an innovative solution at Trinity Western University.
For over five decades, the BC Forest Discovery Centre remains one of Duncan’s favourite attractions providing education on B.C.’s leading sustainable forest management practices to residents and tourists.