Williams Lake Indian Band (WLIB) broke ground on its new Government Building earlier this month. The building will consist of 18,000 square feet of new construction adjacent to the Coyote Rock Golf Course and is anticipated to be complete by July 2021.
To celebrate the ground breaking a small group of staff and invitees gathered at the building site, practicing social distancing, to observe a blessing of the land and listen to an address by WLIB Chief Willie Sellars. “This building will have some truly beautiful elements that will be enjoyed by all residents of, and visitors to, the Cariboo,” said Chief Sellers. “It will have a public display and gathering area that will feature a combination of art, artifacts and cultural items that will showcase the history and beauty of our people and our region. This building will also feature an archaeology lab and repository that will be the first of its kind in the region.” Read the full press release about the event here.
Congratulations to WILB and the project team on starting construction for this exciting project.
Groundbreaking for the new Robert G Kuhn Building at Trinity Western University happened in late February. The Building is destined to be the new home of TWU’s School of Business as well as GLOBAL, which represents non-traditional and extension programs. Construction is progressing on schedule and excavation is ongoing.
Ray Wolfe and Nick Bevilacqua from Fast + Epp, will be presenting at the Wood WORKS! BC workshop: Wood Construction Costing Beyond 2020 – Drilling Down Through Details. Their presentation focuses on a mass timber school costing study.
With BC’s recent early adoption of the 2020 national building code, there will soon be a surge of taller mass timber buildings in planning and construction. The workshop is tailored to help those attending understand the differences in pricing wood projects relative to other materials. Alongside Ray and Nick, experienced professionals will share their knowledge and experience – both successes and challenges – from concept through detailed estimating and to final assembly.
Ray will be presenting at the BC Construction Roundtable February Breakfast session focusing on K-12 school projects next week. Other presenters include: Hailley Honcharik, Regional Director, Capital Management Branch, Resource Management Division, Ministry of Education, Janson Ho, Director, Vancouver Project Office, Vancouver School Board, Autumn Sweet, Capital Projects Manager, Surrey School District.
In addition to an update on upcoming projects, different points of view will be presented on the importance of upgrading vs. new build, growth impacts, seismic mitigation program, developer collaboration, project procurement, project funding, sustainability goals, and the future of learning environments as they affect school construction.