Port Alberni on Vancouver Island's rugged Pacific Coast has enjoyed a forest-based economy for more than half a century. So when the decision was made to replace the city's only secondary school, the Ministry of Education turned to cutting-edge wood technology to achieve environmental benefits and celebrate the city's strengths.
This new 2,100 square metre facility is located on the outskirts of Port Alberni, B.C. It brings together the provincial electrical utility's indoor and outdoor workers for the first time under a single unifying roof—a metaphoric bridge connecting these historically independent departments. Located in Canada's highest seismic zone, and required to function as a post-disaster operations centre, the building has been designed for strength, flexibility and durability.