Elkford welcomes new community centre

The community’s new facility is innovative and environmentally friendly


Business owners, dignitaries, media reps and residents of Elkford celebrated the grand opening of the town’s new $6.4-million community and conference centre on June 21, 2012.

A ceremony was held in the centre’s new Teck Hall after the official ribbon-cutting, which was performed by Dean McKerracher, mayor of the District of Elkford; Ida Chong, B.C.’s minister of community, sport and cultural development; and Bill Bennett, B.C. Liberal MLA for Kootenay East.

In his speech, Mayor McKerracher said the new Elkford Community Conference Centre is the first of its kind in North America. Constructed of 95 per cent wood, the building utilizes cross-laminated timber walls and floors, glulam beams and structural insulated panels on the roof, and external wall cladding. It was noted that these pre-fabricated components provide the building with acoustic and structural performance benefits while reducing the structure's impact on the environment.

“The wood use in our new centre provides beautiful esthetics while supporting the wood industry and wood innovation in our province,” said McKerracher. “This building will play a key role in helping our community grow and prosper, benefiting current and future generations.”

The Elkford Community Conference Centre houses a visitor information centre, banquet hall, playschool, commercial kitchen, multi-purpose meeting rooms, historical displays and a barbecue area.

Generous support

Several organizations provided financial aid for this project and they were recognized during the ceremony. Bennett spoke about Teck’s donation of $1 million to the centre as well as Teck’s presence within the community.

“Elkford probably wouldn’t exist without Teck’s support,” Bennett said, later adding, “We celebrate the opportunity to have a corporate citizen among us.”

Cal McDougall, land and housing administrator for Teck Coal Limited; Cindy Gallinger, a director for Columbia Basin Trust; and Bill Downing, president of Structurlam Products Ltd., the company that supplied the glulam beams and cross-laminated timbers, also gave speeches and congratulated the District of Elkford on its new facility.

Tours of the centre and a barbecue took place after the ceremony.

Kirsten Armleder

Kirsten is a staff writer and photographer for Kootenay Business who enjoys learning more about the people who help this region thrive. View all of Kirsten Armleder’s articles

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