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B.C. local governments recognized for leadership in wood design and building

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Construction of Brock Commons Tall Wood House, an 18-storey mass timber hybrid student residence at the University of British Columbia.

Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler.
Wood WORKS presented five local governments with 2018 Community Recognition Awards for use of wood in their community projects! BC. The province-wide awards are presented annually 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 2018 recipients are:

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.

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 the spring. 

"We congratulate these five local governments for their leadership and vision by choosing wood for their new community structures," said Lynn Embury-Williams, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC.
"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," she said.
"Wood will continue to play a more significant role in local government projects as communities work toward goals such as net zero carbon and net zero energy buildings, lower building costs, increased urban density, liveability and affordability. We applaud these communities for further advancing wood use in design and building, leading us to a more sustainable future."

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