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.