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Wood-frame construction took centre stage during the annual forest sector trade mission to Asia last October where the GICO Community Centre was officially opened by Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and members of his delegation.

Gyeonggi Urban Innovation Corporation (GICO) is a provincial public corporation that manages land, housing and new city developments for Gyeonggi province and is the second-largest such corporation in South Korea. Its new community centre, Canadian Maple Hall, is the centrepiece in a 141-unit wood-frame housing complex in Daljeon-Ri, a community 65 kilometres east of Seoul. The project, the largest wood-frame housing development in Korea, has since been re-named “Canada Village” to show appreciation for Canadian support for the project. With the completion of Phase 1 in May 2016, Canada Village will demonstrate to Korean political and business leaders the many benefits of building with wood, including sustainability, environmentally friendly building practices and energy efficiency.