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TO ENVIRONMENTAL, AND NATIONAL EDITORS:
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 www.sfiprogram.org 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
SOURCE SFI Inc.
/CONTACT: To Arrange Interviews: Rebecca Peters, LBMG, Vancouver: 604-637-6649, Rebecca@LBMG.ca; SFI: Isabelle Des Chênes, Communications, Sustainable Forestry Initiative 613-421-9230, Isabelle.email@example.com
CO: SFI Inc.
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