Six local governments in B.C. were recognized for their leadership in the use of wood in community projects, both architecturally and structurally.
The annual Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Awards were presented at the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver to communities that have been exemplary advocates for wood. This may be demonstrated through the specification of wood in a community project and/or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.
The 2017 recipients are:
Lower Mainland Local Government Association (4 awards)
- Metro Vancouver for the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre (Photo)
- District of North Vancouver for the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre
- City of Richmond for the Alexandra District Energy Building
- City of Surrey for the Grandview Heights Aquatic Centre
Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments
- Village of Salmo for the 6th Street Pedestrian Covered Bridge
North Central Local Government Association
- City of Quesnel/Cariboo Regional District for the West Fraser Centre
“We salute these winning communities for building their civic projects with wood, and for helping to build a wood culture in B.C.,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director, Wood WORKS! BC.
“We are seeing an unparalleled level of interest in wood by communities as they recognize the role wood can play in reducing their carbon footprint and achieving their climate action goals. The result is the use of wood products and building systems in an array of community project types, sizes and applications as both a structural and architectural building material.”
Recipients of awards for Southern Interior Local Government Association and Vancouver Island Local Government Association will be announced when presented at their respective area association conventions in spring 2018.