Six local governments were recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Vancouver for their leadership in the use of wood both architecturally and structurally in their community projects. Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition 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 2017 recipients are:
LMLGA — Lower Mainland Local Government Association (4 awards): Metro Vancouver for the Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre; 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
AKBLG — Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments: Village of Salmo for the 6th Street Pedestrian Covered Bridge
NCLGA — North Central Local Government Association: City of Quesnel/Cariboo Regional District for the West Fraser Centre
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.
Communities are asked to contact Wood WORKS! BC for technical expertise, training and education when considering their next local government project. Wood WORKS! BC is a recognized resource to help BC communities follow the Wood First Act, which requires provincially funded buildings to feature wood as the primary construction material within the BC Building Code. For almost 20 years, Wood WORKS! BC has worked extensively with municipalities on all aspects of project planning from RFP wording to specification of structural and architectural wood products. Wood WORKS! BC’s services are available free-of-charge.