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BC Architectural Firm Receives First Ever Sustainable Forestry

Initiative Award for Kordyban Lodge Cancer Care Facility

VANCOUVER, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vancouver's NSDA

Architects is the winner of the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative@

(SFI@) Award, handed out Monday, March 3rd as part of the 10th annual

Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being

recognized for its innovative use of wood certified to the SFI

Standard in the new Kordyban Lodge, a Canadian Cancer Society care

facility located in Prince George, BC.

"It's an honour to receive this inaugural award and be recognized by

both SFI and the Wood WORKS! BC program for NSDA's work on the

Kordyban Lodge," says Jerry Doll, Partner at NSDA. "We are continually

striving to create spirited and innovative architecture that showcases

wood at its finest while responding thoughtfully to community needs."

The lodge, which contains wood products from certified sources the

majority of which are certified to the SFI standard, provides a

comfortable and peaceful 'home away from home' for cancer patients and

their caregivers. The stunning wood building spans 25,000 square feet

and includes 36 beds, a meditation room, lounge, family room, massage

therapy room and more.

It's widely known that the use of wood products in buildings of this

nature goes a long way towards improving the mental wellbeing of

patients, who are exposed to natural materials during their treatment


Wood certified to the SFI Standard used in the facility includes

several products supplied by the Sinclair Group of Companies and

Winston Global Lumber Ltd., including engineered roof trusses,

pre-fabricated walls, studs, sheathing plywood, and LVL.

"Kordyban Lodge is a showcase of the warmth, beauty, versatility and

durability of wood from sustainably managed forests," says Kathy

Abusow, SFI President and CEO. "Future forests require responsible

forestry and this project is a prime example of the positive

contribution that building with wood from sustainably managed forests

can make, particularly in a region where the community is supported by

the forestry sector."

As the North American leader in sustainable forest management, SFI

supports projects such as the Kordyban Lodge that use renewable,

responsibly harvested building materials. SFI acknowledges the

important role projects like this play in promoting wood as an

economical, environmental and socially responsible building material.

The Wood WORKS! Wood Design Awards is the only North American program

to recognize, award and publicize excellence in wood architecture -

publicly acknowledging the importance of architecture in our society.

A hand-selected jury of prominent architects personally reviews each

application and chooses the award winners based on considerations such

as creativity, distinctive and appropriate uses of wood materials,

ability to satisfy clients' building and site requirements, and

overall aesthetic appeal for the use and application of wood.

About SFI Inc.

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely

responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the

internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative@ (SFI@)

program. Across the United States and Canada, more than 100 million

hectares (about 250 million acres) are certified to the SFI forest

management standard. In addition, the SFI program's unique fiber

sourcing requirements promote responsible forest management on all

suppliers' lands. SFI chain-of-custody (COC) certification tracks the

percentage of fiber from certified forests, certified sourcing and

post-consumer recycled content. SFI on-product labels identify both

certified sourcing and COC claims to help consumers make responsible

purchasing decisions. SFI Inc. is governed by a three-chamber board of

directors representing environmental, social and economic sectors

equally. Learn more at and

About Wood WORKS!

Wood WORKS! is a national industry-led initiative of the Canadian Wood

Council, with a goal to support innovation and provide leadership on

the use of wood and wood products. Through workshops, seminars and

case studies, Wood WORKS! BC provides education, training, and

technical expertise to building and design professionals involved with

commercial, institutional and industrial construction projects

throughout BC.


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/CONTACT: To Arrange Interviews: Rebecca Peters, LBMG, Vancouver: 604-637-6649,; SFI: Isabelle Des Chênes, Communications, Sustainable Forestry Initiative 613-421-9230,

CO: SFI Inc.

ST: British Columbia




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