“Surrey has big aspirations,” according to Scott Groves, who oversees the design, construction, and operations of all civic facilities in Surrey. The burgeoning metropolis, located between the Fraser River and the Canada – United States border, is now the province’s fastest-growing city.
Once considered a suburb, Surrey is now arguably the region’s emerging second downtown: its population of over half a million is growing at twice the rate of Vancouver’s, and is set to eclipse it by 2030 to make Surrey the largest city in the province.
“Surrey is a diverse city that speaks over a hundred different languages. We want to connect our citizens, share our cultures, and break down barriers,” Groves says.
Within the last decade, the City of Surrey has made significant investments in civic and community buildings, many of which not only incorporate wood and mass timber, but represent boundary-pushing, world-class architecture. This is thanks in part to a Wood First Policy that the City adopted in 2010, which recognizes wood’s social, environmental, and economic benefits, and makes it the material of choice for public buildings.
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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