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Chinese builder uses Canadian Wood on the Mongolian Plains

Wayne Iversen

By Wayne Iversen

Blogmaster

July 2, 2013

Non-residential buildings under construction in western Mongolia.

Non-residential buildings under construction in western Mongolia.

Horses near the jobsite in western Mongolia.

Horses near the jobsite in western Mongolia.

Roof trusses built in Nanjing, China are making a 2000 km, four-day journey, by truck to western Mongolia. BC’s Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) has partnered with the Mongolian Ministry of Construction to build two Soum Centre (Township) projects in Mongolia. Cogent Builders, based in Nanjing, China, won the contract to manufacture the trusses and provide the framing for the Soum Centre Projects.

Framing began on the two Soum Centers in June. More than 60 Chinese Cogent employees including project managers, builders and engineers are now based in Mongolia to support these projects.  There are more than 200 local Mongolian workers on site, some of whom received wood frame training from experts with the Canada Wood Group’s China office. FII hired two Canadian wood frame Construction Specialist to provide on-site project management and quality support.

The Soum Centres consist of five wood frame buildings including a kindergarten and dormitory, a larger school, a sport and cultural centre, the mayor’s office and a hospital. Once completed, the five structures will total more than 13,000 square meters in area.