The City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) received an award this week from Wood Works, a national campaign to increase the use of wood in commercial, industrial and institutional construction.
The City and CRD were recognized for their joint venture, the West Fraser Centre, for the use of wood in the building.
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson said the award was a surprise, as there is no nomination process.
“The campaign looks for opportunities to recognize the use of wood in building. They thought the West Fraser Centre was worth recognizing.”
Wood was used in the new arena’s ceiling and mezzanine, as well as many other areas of construction.
“We tried to incorporate wood as much as possible into what is a concrete and steel building,” said Simpson.
Wood Works presented the City and CRD with a wooden plaque, and Simpson said it will be displayed prominently in the West Fraser Centre.
The Wood Works campaign is led by the Canadian Wood Council and is funded by the wood industry, the federal government and provincial governments.