The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday to begin construction on their new office in Terrace.
The new building will replace the existing office building and will serve over 2,100 members from across northwest B.C. Over 1,400 of BCGEU members in northwest B.C. live within a two-hour drive of the new office, making this office a key hub for union members in the region.
In Terrace alone, there are 637 union members that will enjoy access to the new office.
“Upgrading our facilities is part of a wider effort to better serve members in communities across the Northwest.” said Stephanie Smith, President of the BCGEU. “This is part of our ongoing commitment to members in the Northwest to provide the highest levels of service and to strengthen our presence in the communities they live and work in.”
The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the future site of the new building at 4602 Lazelle Avenue.
BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and Treasurer Paul Finch were joined at the ceremony and reception by local union members, the designers and architects of the new building, and Terrace Deputy Mayor Brian Downie.
The ceremony was followed by a reception at the existing BCGEU office in downtown Terrace. It was an opportunity for members across the region to connect with BCGEU President Stephanie Smith and Treasurer Paul Finch and talk about the opportunities the new office can bring to the region.
The new 4,600ft2 office will boast the latest in sustainable materials and construction practices. The design includes a high efficiency heating and cooling system, recycled flooring materials, low VOC sealants and adhesives, low E glazing, low flush toilets and automated faucets.
Recognizing the importance of accessibility and good health, the building will exceed all the minimum requirements for access, circulation and washrooms. Most interior spaces will also have daylight views to improve the work environment.
“Our goal is to serve and represent members in the region.” said Paul Finch, Treasurer of the BCGEU. “To do this properly, we need state-of-the-art facilities that are accessible to all, welcoming, and add value to local communities.”
The building is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.