At the 2015 Wood Design Awards in BC on Monday, March 2, 2015 McFarland Marceau Architects received the award for Best Use of Western Red Cedar in its design of the BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre at Cheakamus Centre.
This award reflects the very high value we place upon sustainable building design in the North Vancouver School District. The western red cedar featured in our Environmental Learning Centre contributes to the building’s unique design and enhances its purpose as a facility for teaching and learning about nature and sustainability.
The western red cedar used in the Centre was reclaimed from the former Lonsdale school in North Vancouver when the property at 2121 Lonsdale was redeveloped for the Education Services Centre and Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art. The reclaimed timber beams are over 100 years old, and complement the towering cedar trees that surround the Centre.
Wood WORKS! is a program of the Canadian Wood Council that promotes the use of wood and wood products in construction projects, and acknowledges the contribution of wood-use advocates and industry leaders.
This is the third major design award received by BlueShore Financial Environmental Learning Centre. In 2013 the Centre was recognized with a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture and in 2008 received the North American Holcim Award of Acknowledgement for Sustainable Construction. Cheakamus Centre welcomes visitors from around the world to explore its range of outdoor learning spaces. While day and residential programs must be booked in advance, the Centre’s upcoming Open House on May 3, 2015 is an excellent opportunity to tour the Environmental Learning Centre and enjoy a day in nature.