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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Alberta Pavilion in Gangwon Province

June Moon

By June Moon

Technical Assistant / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

May 5, 2015

A Jeongja is a traditional Korean pavilion built as a place where people and nature can unite. This Jeongja was a present from the Gangwon Province (Korea) to Alberta in celebration of Alberta’s centennial. Alberta and Gangwon Province share a “twinned” relationship that was originally focused on agricultural cooperation. Photo Credit: Hunter Photographics

A Jeongja is a traditional Korean pavilion built as a place where people and nature can unite. This Jeongja was a present from the Gangwon Province (Korea) to Alberta in celebration of Alberta’s centennial. Alberta and Gangwon Province share a “twinned” relationship that was originally focused on agricultural cooperation. Photo Credit: Hunter Photographics

In 2005, Gangwon Province has constructed a Korean-traditional post and beam Jeongja or pavilion “Gangwonjeong” in Edmonton as a Centennial gift to Alberta and to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of sister relationship in 2005. And, in return, Alberta is building a wood viewing platform at Alpensia Resort, PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be hosted.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Alberta Pavilion was held on March 20, 2015 and attended by officials from the Government of Gangwon Province and Alberta Korea Office, representatives from Gangwon Development Corporation, Alpensia, Canada Wood, Soltos Architecture and Supia Construction.

Rendering of Alberta Pavilion showing simple and light wooden structure

Rendering of Alberta Pavilion showing simple and light wooden structure

For the design of the Pavilion, Nam Ho Cho, Principal of Soltos Architecture, a leading architect who won the Presidential Award, the most coveted award in Korea for architects, with a wooden structure in 2000, was chosen and he proposed a simple and light wooden platform overlooking a pond at the Alpensia Resort.

Alberta Pavilion will be built by the pond at the resort

Alberta Pavilion will be built by the pond at the resort

The Pavilion will showcase Canadian wood species, including Hemlock and Canfor donated SPF lumber, used in exterior applications. And in order to ensure the durability of wood members, they were incised and then cut, notched and bored with precision CNC machine before pressure treating, so that there is no need for field cutting, notching or drilling of wood members.