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The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George was completed in October 2014. It is presently among the North America’s tallest contemporary wood buildings. WIDC is a showcase of innovative uses of wood in the province such as mass timber construction and design adaptations for fire resistance and acoustics. All the dimensional and engineered wood products were manufactured in B.C. The province invested $25.1 million in WIDC; this investment created 250 new jobs during the life of the project. FII has published a 12-page case study, as well as released an eight-minute long video highlighting features of this project. FII also assisted the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training in the preparation and staging of the grand opening event. As a precedent setting structure in North America, WIDC has been showcased in the media as an example to follow for future tall wood buildings. WIDC has received significant coverage across a number of prominent publications.


  • Globe and Mail
  • Vancouver Sun
  • Ottawa Citizen
  • Canadian Architect
  • Construction Business
  • Construction Canada

United States:

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Boston Globe
  • The Economist
  • Architectural Record
  • The Guardian (US)