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2016 Canada-Korea Wood Festival in Busan – University students present wood houses to children

Jae Choi

By Jae Choi

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

November 17, 2016

light-frame-construction-strong-against-earthquakesCanada Wood Korea held a University-Based Training under the name of “2016 Canada-Korea Wood Festival” in collaboration with four universities in Busan City: Dongseo, Dong-A, Pukyong and Shilla Universities.  The main purposes of the event is to provide theory and practical training of wood frame construction technology for university students and enhance the education to the future industrial professionals.  The Canada-Korea Wood Festival has been recognized as both a practical training program to increase understanding of the wood frame building design and construction, and a charity program since its inception in 2014.  A total number of 60 architecture students from the aforementioned four universities participated in the event to build 6 wood playhouses using Canadian SPF.  Upon completion, the playhouses were donated to local children’s facilities.

The event was held at BEXCO outdoor booths in Busan during ‘2016 Busan Kyung Housing Fair’.  The students started building and completed the small-scaled 6 playhouses in 5 working days from Aug. 31st to Sep. 4th.  All students have worked enthusiastically by doing framework, roof finishing and painting on the walls for decoration.  A student from this event said “This is a special opportunity and experience I have never had in the classroom. The program is well organized for the students to understand construction process and structure of wood frame house.”  He also added “I have learned about how rewarding it is to harvest what we have shared through our gift donation.”

Both the training graduation and playhouse donation ceremony happened on the final day.  The course completion certificates, issued by CWK, were given to the students who successfully completed the training program.  Each university presented a complimentary letter along with a playhouse to each of the four representatives from the local children’s facilities attending the ceremony.  The donated playhouses will be used as indoor play spaces, together with providing opportunity for children to experience a wood frame house.