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BC "Wood First" Champions

Mary Tracey (left) with Wood Champion Award Winners and Forests and Range Minister, Pat Bell
Photo Courtesy of www.naturallywood.com

BC “Wood First” Champions Saluted
Wood WORKS!  BC Media Release

Mary Tracey, executive director of Wood WORKS! BC was among a group of architects, planners, engineers and BC mayors who were presented with awards for their work in and support of wood design and construction in BC, especially as it relates to Olympic venues and revision to the BC building code which now permits six-storey wood frame construction. 

Ms. Tracey was awarded for her “wood first” leadership and relentless efforts in promoting wood construction opportunities in BC, notably her work with the Olympic venues. She was also a driving force behind the change to the BC building code, revised last spring.

Olympic projects involving technical support and wood expertise of Mary Tracey and her team of technical advisors at Wood WORKS! BC include the Richmond

Olympic Oval, the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Trout Lake Arena, the UBC Winter Sports Centre and the Whistler Nordic Centre at Callaghan Valley.

One of the most unique applications of wood systems and most innovative uses of wood can be found in the largest structure built for the Olympics and the crown jewel of them all -- the international award-winning Richmond Oval. With its expansive six-acre free spanning 'wood wave" roof and with its content of BC's "beetle kill" wood, it is a precedent-setting example of BC's and Canada's advanced wood engineering and prefabrication capabilities.

Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre
Photo by Stephanie Tracey

For the past 11 years, Wood WORKS! BC has also worked extensively with municipalities on smaller community projects ranging from firehalls to libraries; from pools to ice arenas and recreation centres.  With the passage of the new Wood First Act, Wood WORKS! BC has been asked to help local governments navigate their way through the “build with wood” requirements on publicly-funded projects.

“We applaud the BC government for recognizing that we can generate new demand for wood products to support forest-dependent communities while promoting climate-friendly construction,” explains Ms. Tracey.  “The introduction of the Wood First Act and revision of the building code to permit six-storey wood frame construction does that by making wood as the first choice and primary building material.”

“Wood WORKS! BC is proud to help lead the way to innovative and creative uses of natural, beautiful, sustainable and renewable wood in design and construction.  We look forward to working together to make “wood first” in BC, across Canada, and around the world,” she concludes.

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on the use of wood and wood products. Through workshops, seminars and case studies, Wood WORKS! BC provides education, training and technical expertise to building and design professionals involved with commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects throughout BC. 

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