The Cariboo Fire Centre and WestPine MDF brought home awards from the 5th Edition of the Northern B.C Commercial Building Awards held last week in Prince George.
Mark MacDonald is the President of Business Examiner, one of the award’s categories sponsors.
“They won the Award of Excellence in the Institutional Category. In order to win the Judge’s Choice Award, they have to already have won one of the categories and there were 11 categories this year,” he says of the Cariboo Fire Centre.
“It was somebody from Williams Lake that nominated the Cariboo Fire Centre. It was great to see them win, but what I thought was particularly fitting was the terrible fires that went through the Williams Lake area last year and here you have the Centre winning the awards. It was kind of touching actually, and Mayor Walt Cobb was there and spoke about the building, about the fire, and a lot of the troubles the City went through. It was a great way to end the evening.”
The $7.1 million dollar facility that was designed by Stantec Architecture Ltd. and constructed by Lauren Brothers Construction Ltd. of Williams Lake officially opened in March 2017.
“Especially after last summer, it’s great that the new Cariboo Fire Centre was recognized with an Award of Excellence. One of my mandate letter commitments is to expand the innovative wood products sector,” said Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Donaldson.
“The fire centre is an example of a Wood First building and meets our commitment to expand the market for B.C. wood products both at home and abroad.”
“I congratulate everyone who was involved in its design and construction, including the many local contractors and suppliers who participated.”
Also bringing home an award in the Cariboo from the Northern B.C Commercial Building Awards is WestPine MDF in Quesnel.
MacDonald says that they won in the Industrial Renovation Category.
Held every second year, the Northern B.C Commercial Building awards are designed to celebrate the best in commercial, industrial, institutional, and multi-family building in B.C.