The Wood Innovation & Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, British Columbia was completed in October 2014. The Centre utilizes a number of wood species and products from across the province such as Douglas-fir, western red cedar, hemlock, pine and spruce. The building incorporates a structural system that includes a variety of locally manufactured solid engineered wood products including cross laminated timber, glue laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber.
Owned by the Province of British Columbia, the building’s main tenant is the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) who will occupy the first, second and third floors, including a lecture theatre on the main level. Since 2016, UNBC has offered two master’s programs in engineering at the WIDC. A Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design and a Master of Applied Science, these programs allow students to pursue research on wood and other forest products related to future wood structures. The WIDC is also home to the Emily Carr Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepeneurship which focuses on art and design-based educational programs and activities.
As an innovative demonstration project and a precedent setting building, the WIDC showcases B.C.’s growing expertise in the design and construction of large-scale wood buildings.