USRC: Building a Community


June 04, 2020

BC Wood is proud to present this short video that tells the story of how this Upper Skeena community came together to make a dream a reality, one that will benefit residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds today, and for many years to come. It highlights the community support that occurred for the project and the benefits accrued to the Northern BC community of Hazelton as a result of its completion. This recreation centre was made possible by the vision and collaboration of the local, regional, and Gitxsan governments, and by the work of BC Wood, who charged Hemsworth Architects and Equilibrium Consulting with developing a wood construction, multi-function building design, to replace the community’s aging ice rink. One of the primary criteria was that this new design/build would result in considerable cost savings to the community, versus moving forward with a traditional building plan. The video showcases how the project came together and makes a case that other communities in BC can undertake similar wood infrastructure projects.