Canada Wood at the Green Building Show

Canada Wood Booth at the Green Building Show (Beijing)

Canada Wood Booth at the Green Building Show (Beijing)

Canada Wood had a major presence at this annual show, which took place from March 24th-26th.

The Opening and Plenary Session of the event was hosted by Former MOHURD Vice Minister Qiu Baoxing, currently President of the China Society for Urban Studies and the opening presenter was Canadian Ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques, underling the significance of the Canada-China relationship with regards to green and sustainable buildings.

Canada Wood in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy organized a half-day seminar with a theme of “Sino-Canada Forum on Low-Carbon Eco-city Technology and Wood Structure Applications.” 150 participants attended the seminar. The Canada Wood booth primarily focused on displaying different types of wood structures, including residential and non-residential that could be considered for the Canada-Tianjin Binhai eco-district project t. More than 1500 professionals visited our booth, including developers, builders, designers, suppliers and media

Korea Architecture Fair and Festival 2014

CWK booth and visitors watching video on Canadian forests, wood products and buildings

CWK booth and visitors watching video on Canadian forests, wood products and buildings

Korea Architecture Fair and Festival (KAFF) is an annual event organized by the Korea Institute of Registered Architects (KIRA), the largest organization in Korea for registered architects with more than 10,000 members. KAFF 2014, held from October 29th to November 1st for 4days at COEX in Seoul, was attended by more than 22,300 architects, designer and construction professionals from all over the country.

President of KIRA, Young Soo Kim, visiting CWK booth

President of KIRA, Young Soo Kim, visiting CWK booth

For the event, CWK has set up 3 meter by 6 meter booth made of Canadian dimension lumber and OSB and displayed posters and wood product samples and distributed technical and promotional literatures on wood, wood products and wood frame construction such as Guide to Good Practice, Inspection Manual, Wood Frame Infill Wall (Wood Wall), Alberta Forest Products Buyers’ Guide and others. CWK booth was one of the most frequently visited ones by professionals attending the event including the President of KIRA, Young Soo Kim.

CWK has distributed about 1,000 sets of literatures to design and construction professions during the fair.

CWK has distributed about 1,000 sets of literatures to design and construction professions during the fair.

In conjunction with KAFF, CWK in collaboration with KIRA organized and delivered two sessions of Combined Architectural and Structural Design Workshop as Mandatory Continuing Education for Architects on the topic of “Characteristics and Understanding WFC Design and Drawings” to train registered architects on how to design wood frame buildings and to provide WFC design details. The workshop was attended by more than 214 architects

Canada Wood Celebrates the Opening of the Jericho Centre Project

Canada Wood Celebrates the Opening of the Jericho Centre Project

Canada Wood Celebrates the Opening of the Jericho Centre Project

On February 12th, Canada Wood celebrated the opening of the Jericho Support Centre in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture. – The most recent of the four Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Projects, the multi-purpose centre provides rehabilitation and training services for disabled people who were displaced by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. Canada Wood President Rick Jeffery and Canada’s Ambassador to Japan Mackenzie Clugston were on hand along with local dignitaries to participate in the unveiling ceremony.

The Jericho Centre is a 473-square-metre, single-storey, hybrid post and beam structure. The building was constructed with Canadian wood products including certified Canadian Hem-Fir (N) (Canada Tsuga) timbers, spruce-pine-fir (SPF) dimension lumber, Oriented Strand Board sheeting, Western Cedar Decking, Maple flooring and others.

The Jericho Support Centre will provide rehabilitation and life skills training services for individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Following the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami of 2011, nearly 1,000 disabled children and adult patients were evacuated from the nuclear exclusion zone and tsunami-hit communities.

“It has been a tremendously positive experience to partner with many friends in the Tohoku region and roll up our sleeves together to contribute to the long-term reconstruction of the Tohoku region,” said Shawn Lawlor, Director, Japan Operations, Canada Wood Japan. “These beautiful wooden legacy structures are now serving the needs of multiple communities in the tsunami-affected regions and will endure as a symbol of friendship between Canada and Japan.” The opening events received extensive television and newspaper media coverage.

Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien Opens

individuals involved in the project

individuals involved in the project

A beautiful designed and constructed elderly care facility showcasing the latest and greatest in 2×4 fireproof building technologies recently opened its doors on the outskirts of Tokyo. An opening ceremony was held to commemorate the occasion on September 9th and COFI Japan staff was on hand to congratulate the owner, architect office and construction company to help celebrate this wonderful achievement. Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien was built in Funabashi City, Chiba Prefecture and is a combination 2 & 3-storey building having a total floor area of 5,800 m². The wooden structure for this building approximately consuming

exterior shot of Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien

exterior shot of Nursing Home Miyagidai Nanseien

1,160 m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction. The facility is owned and managed by Nanseikai Social Welfare Corporation and was designed by Mr. Hisato Yoshitaka of Yoshitaka Architects Engineers & Consultants. The general contractor for the project was Keisei Kensetsu and with help and assistance of Mitsui Home Components, a sub-contractor for the project, it is the first 2×4 fireproof structure that Keisei Kensetsu has ever constructed. The owner learned it was possible to build elderly care facilities in wood after reading advertorials placed in the Nikkei Healthcare magazine. This project is the third large 2×4 fireproof elderly care project to open in Chiba Prefecture this year – showing that our efforts over the years developing this market is truly bearing fruit.