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
The first institutional building in Canada to meet stringent Passive House certification requirements, this wood-framed structure uses just one-quarter of the energy that a comparable commercial building would require.
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.
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.
Research on wood in the built environment, has been incorporated into Clean Energy Canada’s new report on public infrastructure: Building the Future. The policy primer looks at how smart decisions can cut pollution, save money, and support a clean economy.