B.C. Minister Chow’s Visits Wooden Seniors’ Residence
On a recent trip to Japan, B.C. Minister of State for Trade, the Honourable George Chow visited a wooden elderly care facility in Tokyo with COFI and Canada Wood staff on March 18th. While touring the site, the minister was introduced to the project’s design and construction team members, and was very impressed to see so much Canadian wood products at Kamishakujii Kohoen, a seniors’ residence (44-rooms) under construction in Tokyo. The strong and sustainable building is 2-storey platform-frame fireproof structure with a total floor area of 2,305 m², utilizing both SPF dimension lumber and Oriented Strand Board (OSB) from Western Canada in its construction. The facility was designed by Yoshitaka Architects Engineers & Consultants, the general contractor for the project is Nagai Komuten and sub-contractor for the fireproof 2×4 structure wood structure is Wing. This is the 20th 2×4 elderly care facility that this architect firm has designed in Japan over the last 12 years and happens to be the 4th 2×4 elderly project that Kohoen Social Welfare Corporation, the owner of this seniors’ residence has built since the chairman of this organization visited Canada to learn about platform-frame construction 10 years ago.