Premier Christy Clark today announced a $4.5-million joint federal-provincial investment that will accelerate innovation in timber engineering and development of wood products at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Of the $4.5-million investment:
$1.88 million from the Government of Canada.
$2.62 million from the Government of British Columbia.
The City of Prince George is providing land for the facility in downtown Prince George, adjacent to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre. Mayor Lyn Hall calls it an “exceptional announcement” for the city.
“It covers off revitalization and redevelopment of our downtown that we’ve actively been working on,” says Hall. “And it also now for more students in the downtown.”
The Wood Innovation Research Lab will be used by students in the master of engineering in integrated wood design program and the B.C. leadership chair in tall wood and hybrid structures engineering.
President of UNBC, Dr. Daniel Weeks says this lab will take that research to the next level.
“Really to take it to the next level, we really needed a much bigger space where students could build much larger structures and try different kinds of engineering using wood.”
The one-storey, 900 square-metre building will create a state-of-the-art wood-engineering research facility.
Construction is slated to get under way in early 2017, generating 15 direct and 11 indirect jobs, with substantial completion expected by spring 2018.