<The use of local wood in the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s current upgrades should help give the facility quite the hometown feeling.
“When we were originally going through the design, wood was a major part of it,” Island Savings manager John Elzinga, who is heading up the $7.5 million arena upgrading project, said. “We always try to support the local forestry industry.”
In all, 15 local truck loads of logs were used for the arena upgrades, including one from Teal Jones, three from Timber West, and 11 from Youbou Lands.
It was all about local, with the Mesachie Lake-based Tuck Brothers Contracting Ltd. helping log the Youbou Lands wood, and Cowichan Lake Timber Ltd. taking care of milling tasks on-site, a short drive away from the arena.
Helping the local forestry industry in this local initiative was quite important, Rocky Wise, from the design committee, said.
“That was a big concern, to help all industry as much as we could. Buying local, that was the way to go.”
Whenever possible, local wood products have been used in the construction.
Viewing the site, wood products are visible throughout, with large beams to remain visible examples of the area’s illustrious logging history.
Although the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena is currently still on budget, the completion date has been pushed back from its initial September finish to the end of October, or early November.
The push back, Elzinga said, is due to weather issues, as well as general construction setbacks.