The B.C. forest products industry is pleased to recognize the openings and events of three wood demonstration projects in the province this week – North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre, Elkford Community Conference Centre and City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation. The important innovations demonstrated in each of these milestone projects are intended to accelerate the adoption of the wood design and engineering systems not only in B.C., but also nationally and internationally.
The wood demonstration projects were selected in July 2010 to expand the use of wood products by applying traditional products in non-traditional ways, or creating innovative wood solutions structurally or architecturally.
The demonstration buildings introduce and showcase new workable wood solutions that have the greatest potential for commercial viability. The showcasing of innovative wood products and building systems has been supported by the Government of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation (Forestry Innovation Investment), Wood WORKS! BC, FPInnovations, and BC Wood Specialties Group.
“These outstanding projects demonstrate a blend of leading-edge international technologies and B.C. design concepts,” explained Mary Tracey, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC. “B.C. is entrenching its status as one of the global leaders in wood design and engineering, and innovative uses of wood applications. We applaud and thank the provincial government for its vision and support.”
Pat Bell, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation with the Government of British Columbia, congratulated project teams, forest product suppliers and manufacturers, and the communities on their new buildings. “The projects are part of the original mandate of the Wood Enterprise Coalition (WEC) to champion the province’s Wood First Initiative, supporting the movement of innovative products from the lab to the market and promoting wood education and culture. As part of Canada Starts Here – The BC Jobs Plan, we continue to look for innovative ideas to increase the use of a renewable B.C. resource, creating new jobs in our province through new demand for B.C. wood products and expertise.”