The decision to use wood for this project was made to support the local wood industry in conjunction with the Wood First resolution that the City had recently passed.
This project forms part of a comprehensive redevelopment strategy undertaken by the City of Prince George, B.C., to improve its works yard property at 18th Avenue and Ospika Boulevard, and amalgamate two other yard facilities at this site. The new building is a 1,000 square metre, single-storey structure, organized into two parallel wings on either side of a central corridor. The program includes the administration functions of the purchasing, environment, transportation, and utilities departments as well as a central computer area, staff lockers and a lunchroom. The building has been designed to incorporate sustainable features, as recognized by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.
The building is constructed using conventional wood stud framing and triangular residential style roof trusses. The trusses span a distance of 11.6 metres from longitudinal load-bearing walls on either side of the central corridor, and cantilever beyond the exterior walls to create substantial roof overhangs. The exterior walls are framed with 2x8 studs to accommodate the increased thickness of insulation required to meet energy performance goals, and the soffits of the overhangs are lined with 1x6 fir channel siding.