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
This 8,825-square-metre aquatic centre in the heart of Surrey looks ready to take flight, with catenary, undulating, glue-laminated timber cables that swoop skyward.
Read this interview with Scott Groves, who oversees design, construction, and operations of all civic facilities in Surrey, and find out how the province’s fastest-growing city is winning with wood.
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