In 2008, British Columbia launched a process to assess school earthquake preparedness. Cordova Bay Elementary School was originally constructed in 1945 using light-frame wood. The one-storey school had been renovated over the years with additions that used unreinforced concrete masonry walls. The structure needed significant seismic upgrades, but instead of remodeling, the School District demolished and replaced select portions of the school using a cost-effective combination of nail laminated timber (NLT) roof panels and cross laminated timber (CLT) wall panels.
Award-winning Camas Gardens near downtown Victoria proves that government-funded housing can be low cost without sacrificing quality and beauty. Opened in 2011, elegant use of western red cedar in the façade and landscaping delivers appearance and environmental benefits, and is a warm addition to the neighbourhood. Camas Gardens Supported Housing, managed by the nonprofit Pacifica Housing Advisory Association, replaced an older 14-unit social housing development.