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Pavilion, research lab nominated for wood design award

The Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park Pavilion and UNBC’s Wood Innovation Research Laboratory have been nominated for a BC WoodWorks wood design award. The award-winners will be announced on March 4 in Vancouver.

Developed as a partnership between the City and the Lheidli T’enneh, the pavilion replaced a picnic shelter that was on the site. It reflects a shared vision for a space in the park that is accessible for gatherings, performances, picnics, and other events. It also highlights and celebrates the cultural significance of the landscape, including the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, which is depicted in the concrete pad adjacent to the pavilion. The angled roof is made of Douglas-fir panels and is a feature of the structure.

The cost of the pavilion was more than $700,000 with Ottawa contributing up to $377,000 through its Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program and the city matching the federal funds. The province provided $25,000 for a monument in the park which was incorporated into the pavilion.

The pavilion opened in June 2018 on National Indigenous Peoples Day and subsequently hosted four days of cultural events and performances.

The Wood Innovation Research Lab opened the month before and is the first facility built to a passive house standard in Prince George. This standard applies to buildings that are at the highest levels of performance with regards to energy efficiency. Constructed entirely of wood, the lab needs about as much energy to heat and cool as a typical home. In 2019, the City will be completing a new park – Wood Innovation Square – that will be adjacent to both the Wood Innovation Research Lab and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.

The province is kicked in $2.62 million for the $4.5 million centre, Ottawa contribued $1.88 million and the city contributed the land.

View the full list of 2019 BC Wood Design Award nominees.

WoodWorks has presented the wood design awards for the past 15 years. Previous local award winners are the Prince George Airport expansion, Kordyban Lodge, the Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre, and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.