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
Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.
Advancements in construction technology, modernized building codes, and a demand for sustainable design are making wood the right choice for a variety of residential and hotel projects. Wood products from B.C.’s sustainably managed forests are also helping to meet the growing demand for affordable housing; wood is well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.
More multi-family developers are discovering that the innovative use of wood and mass-timber construction doesn’t just save money, it can be an advantage that sets you apart in a sea of condos that begin to all look the same. Increasingly, both buyers and renters are placing importance on organic materials, sustainability, and warm, inviting interiors—all areas where wood construction excels.
The Shore is a multi-building residential development located a few blocks from the North Vancouver waterfront. The project includes both five and six-storey wood-frame buildings constructed over a single storey concrete parking garage. On completion of the fourth building in 2017, the complex will include 359 apartment units.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.
People spend the vast majority of their life inside buildings. For children and young adults, many of those hours are spent inside educational institutions. Having wood visible in learning spaces has been shown to lower stress and improve concentration and test performance. Along with health and wellness benefits, wood construction is cost effective and often faster than other methods. Learn more about the benefits of building with wood in schools.