The Village of Harrison Hot Springs, along with six other distinguished recipients, was awarded the prestigious 2016 Community Recognition Award by the Lower Mainland Local Government Association for the successful completion of recent upgrades to their Beach Washrooms Facility.
“We’re obviously very pleased with the outcome,” said Mayor of The Village of Harrison Hot Springs, Leo Facio, at Monday’s council meeting, after attending the awards ceremony at the UBCM in Victoria last week.
Revitalization was done to the existing structure including ‘state of the art wall fixtures, showers, toilets and change tables for babies.’
“The second floor was upgraded by refinishing the concrete floor and constructing and installing a roof over the existing facility, to provide a covered area for fitness equipment, and a protective viewing area for the public,” according to a press release statement provided by Wood Works BC!
Spruce and Douglas fir wood manufactured beams, and cross-laminated timber stained in earth tones to maintain branding throughout the village, were used in the project.
“We congratulate these six local governments for their visionary initiatives which resulted in beautiful new wood structures that truly enhance their communities and streetscapes,” Executive Director of Wood Works BC Lynn Embury-Williams said of the award.
Competition was tough with steep criteria that each nominee had to meet.
Qualities like originality with ‘wood building’ and ‘design,’ were measured against the cost effective benefits of the material to impart the message that wood can be used successfully in the building of local projects.
Government buildings, airports, pavilions, and community facilities were all listed as structures that could benefit from the use of wood.
“These projects also connect us with the wood story of our province and contribute to community pride, especially when using local labour and wood products. By choosing wood as the primary building material, they are also helping secure prosperity for all of B.C. and the many communities that depend on forestry,” said Williams.