SEOUL – B.C. wood-frame construction took centre stage in South Korea today, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre.

Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson cut the ribbon for the project, which is the centrepiece of a 141-unit wood-frame housing complex in Daljeon-Ri, a community 65 kilometres east of Seoul.

The GICO community centre demonstrates to South Korean political and business leaders the many benefits of building with wood, including sustainability, environmentally friendly building practices and energy efficiency. The community centre is being named “Canadian Maple Hall” in honour of the Canadian contribution to the project.

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