Largest WFC project in Korea breaks ground in Jeonnam Province

Site map showing Jungnamjin LOHAS Town in Jeonnam Province  (Photo credit: Landlovers)

Site map showing Jungnamjin LOHAS Town in Jeonnam Province
(Photo credit: Landlovers)

One of the most important demographic group in the Korean population is baby boomers. There are about 7 million baby boomers, born between 1955 and 1963, representing 14% of 50 million total population of South Korea. About half of them live in Seoul Capital Area including the surrounding Incheon Metropolis and Gyeonggi Province according to the 2010 Census, and they have worked hard to see their per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to grow more than 300 times from mere $65 in 1960 to $20,759 in 2010.

As they are entering into retirement age, many local governments and municipalities are offering incentives to have them migrate back to rural area where many of them were born and have deep affinity. And Jeonnam (or South Jeolla) Province in the southwest of the Korean peninsula is particularly well poised to attract them due to warmer weather and cheaper land and the Province has designated 46 areas for development of retiree towns.

Block A's 43 units, the first phase of the project, have been all presold.  (Photo credit: Landlovers)

Block A’s 43 units, the first phase of the project, have been all presold.
(Photo credit: Landlovers)

The consortium consists of Landlovers, the developer who has long been involved with planning of the retiree towns, Daewoo Development – Engineering & Construction and Daemyeong have signed an investment agreement with Jeonnam Province and Jangheung County in September 2013 to develop Jungnamjin LOHAS Town, including 1,500 units of wood frame homes and golf course, horse club, medical clinic and other amenities on 233 hectare of land.

Groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on December 19, 2013 with distinguished guests  (Photo credit: Landlovers)

Groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site on December 19, 2013 with distinguished guests
(Photo credit: Landlovers)

The groundbreaking ceremony for project was held on December 19, 2013 at the site with the Governor of Jeonnam Province, members of the Nation Assembly and other distinguished guests. 43 units on Block A, the first phase of the project, have been all presold.

Canadian Initiative Rebuilds Landmarks and Hope After Japanese Tsunami

Japanese communities devastated by the 2011 tsunami to benefit from a new library and public market gifted by Canadian wood sector.

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VANCOUVER, BC (May 3rd 2013) – A Japanese community, devastated by the tsunami of March 2011, is welcoming a brand new public market, thanks to donations from the Canadian lumber industry and its partners.

Officially opening on May 4th 2013, the Yuriage Public Market, is a result of the Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project, established after the devastating Great Eastern Japan earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged huge areas in the north-east of the country.

“It wasn’t just homes destroyed in the earthquake and tsunami here in Japan,” says Shawn Lawlor, from Canada Wood Group. “Community centres, care facilities, kindergartens; they were all washed away. Those places are the lifeblood of any community and I’m delighted that Canada is playing such an important role in helping to rebuild the Tohoku region of Japan.”

The Canada Wood Group, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and the Province of British Columbia, are spearheading projects using Canadian wood in the construction of several major community buildings; the first, the Donguri Anne Public Library in Natori was unveiled earlier this year. That building is a hybrid heavy timber post and beam structure that uses a wide variety of Canadian forest products such as Coastal Hem Fir, Western Red Cedar, and Maple flooring.

“Our government is pleased to contribute to the reconstruction of Natori City – a community that was so severely impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011,” said Minister Oliver. “The reconstruction efforts in Natori will serve as an enduring symbol of friendship between Canada and Japan.”

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Korean TV airs wood program

A wood frame house was revealed in episode 1

Jipdream Quiz Show, aired on one of the 4 national TV networks in Korea, MBC, on prime time Sunday evenings, put up a wood framed house as the grand prize. The 2 – 1/2 storey wood house was built with Canadian wood products as a part of the annual Practical Construction Training Workshop conducted in collaboration with KWCA and Inha Technical College.

Emphasis was given to key message like Canadian forests are sustainably managed

The first episode of the show aired on July 10th, 2011 featured framing of the actual house on the studio to the surprise of the everyone watching and participating in the show and over the next 9 episodes, the whole process of building the house was broadcasted nationally. The show conveyed key benefits of using Canadian wood products and wood frame construction to the nation, generating more than $800,000 media value.

Villa project uses Cedar

Western red cedar is being used to clad all houses at Jinqiao's villa project in Shanghai

At the Jinqiao S3 Villa project site, WRC is being used extensively for exterior cladding over rain screen.  As this is a very high-end development, WRC was chosen as one of the primary cladding materials due to it’s rich “foreign” look.  Cedar siding is one of the more expensive exterior finish materials and is well suited to the developers target demographic of foreigners and international Chinese.  Some units have all cedar siding, whereas on others it is just an accent used with stone tiles or stucco.  The cedar is being installed primed with either a clear coat or an oil-based solid color primer.  After installation they are applying a finish coat of clear or solid color stain.  The building contractor has done an excellent job with the installation and finishing.

Large elderly home results from ministerial approval

Nursing Home Tokiwaen under construction and SPF roof trusses

A large wooden elderly care project, Nursing Home Tokiwaen is currently under construction in the Kanto region of Japan. This new elderly facility is scheduled to open in March of next year and is being built in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture using the 2×4 fireproof ministerial approval and a roof truss system. Upon completion, the building will house and care for 100 seniors in the area and will be the fourth largest fireproof 2×4 structure in Japan, with a total floor area of approximately 4,000 m² and utilize approximately 720 m³ of SPF dimension lumber in its construction. This private nursing home is owned and managed by Tokiwakai Medical Corporation, based in Matsudo City. The facility was designed by Matsumoto Sekkei Co., Ltd. and the general contractor for the project is Shiraishi Kensetsu Co., Ltd.