Groundbreaking Ceremony for Alberta Pavilion in Gangwon Province
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.
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.
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.