CEPT varsity to promote B.C. timber

The government of British Columbia (B.C.) recently announced that the largest shipment of mass timber from Canada to India will be used in the first major commercial wood demonstration project to showcase B.C. forest products in India.

As a leading supplier of sustainable forest products, B.C. is seen as an attractive long-term supplier. Support for the project is being provided by the B.C. government’s market development agency for forest products, Forestry Innovation Investment (FII), through its India office in Mumbai.

The wood products will be used to construct a facility housing several design workshops at India’s Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT), a university located in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and will serve as a showcase to help grow awareness and demand in India for B.C. wood products.

The 900-square-metre facility was designed by architect Gurpreet Singh of Aakar Design Consultants. The hybrid structure (built with wood, concrete and steel) will include three pavilions incorporating different workshops. Thirty-three exposed glulam arches will extend from one end of each pavilion to the other.

In addition to the glue-laminated arches for the roof assembly other B.C. wood products include those made of Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Yellow Cedar, in a range of interior and exterior applications.

The project is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion later this year, at an estimated cost of $800,000. B.C. will invest approximately $100,000 to share the costs with CEPT. Industry will donate an additional $11,000 worth of B.C. lumber already in India.

By introducing Canadian wood species through special projects and course curriculum, the university sees the project as providing a long-term opportunity for collaboration with British Columbia and Canada.

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