Wood works honoured

Armstrong among several communities showcasing B.C.’s rich forest history

The use of wood in a popular Armstrong amenity has harvested provincial recognition.

During the Union of B.C. Municipalities convention in Vancouver Wednesday, Armstrong was presented a merit award from Wood Works B.C. for focusing on wood construction in Memorial Park’s gazebo.

Mayor Chris Pieper says the honour specifically goes to members of the Armstrong Lions Club who initiated the project.

“They are being recognized for their community involvement.”

Wood has been the featured material in a number of developments, including the Nor-Val Centre.

“Drive around town in the last 10 years and a lot of facades feature wood,” said Pieper.

Pieper believes it’s critical for local government, non-profit groups and private citizens to consider wood when building because of the key role forestry plays in the North Okanagan’s economy.

“Look at the loggers, foresters, truck drivers and all of the jobs created,” he said.

“It’s important to focus on something so important to our valley.”

The primary award went to the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District for its new administration office in Salmon Arm.

Wood Works B.C. helps communities follow the Wood First Act, which requires provincially funded buildings to feature wood as the primary construction material within the B.C. Building Code.

“Local governments in B.C. are increasingly embracing wood in their projects as recognition of B.C.’s rich forestry history while fulfilling their desire to reflect community values as they support local labour and materials during construction,” said Lynn Embury-Williams, with Wood Works.

“We salute these winning communities for further advancing wood use in design and building, and leading us to a more sustainable future,” she concluded.”