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JULY 2016

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WEST KELOWNA Company Has Proven It’s More Than Just A Sign Shop




Structurlam Innovative Wood Specialists Was Launched In 1962

Local Business Enjoys Global Success

Penticton Based Company Celebrates Two World Firsts


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EN T ICTON – Celebration was the order of the day last month at Structurlam Innovative Wood Specialists as the manufacturer of heavy timber laminated wood products commemorated not one, but two world records! The Okanagan-based fabricator was simultaneously responsible for the development of the world’s tallest wood framed building (an 18 story residence at the University of British Columbia) and for the world’s largest wooden roof – an 18,000 square meter surface topping Calgary’s Rocky Ridge Recreation Centre. “Here we were finishing up the world’s largest wooden roof and the tallest wooden building at the same time so we had to shut the company down for a day to celebrate,” explained Structurlam’s President Bill Downing. “While we do service a global market with our products what we did do was link these two buildings that were just fantastic

Laminated beams are being prepared for use at the Brock Commons residence being built at UBC while taking the time to recognize the four additional buildings that will be coming behind them. We’re doing an eight story in Portland, a big apartment building in Vernon, we’re doing the new hotel expansion in Penticton and we’re also doing a massive condominium building all made out of these massive timber components.”

With origins going back to 1962, Structurlam pioneered work on creating laminated wooden structures, used initially as beams and other support structures in garages and auxiliary buildings. Founded by brothers Al and Gordon Kenyon the pair developed techniques for gluing boards together to create support beams, with the company

initially selling products for use in schools and commercial buildings. “What really got the company going was when they started taking their laminated beams and pre-fabricating complete structures. Now you’re bringing beams and columns together to create an entire building. Essentially we went from stock beams to much more custom-built prefabricated structures,” Downing said. Much of the company’s prefabricated housing structures found their way to Japan, where quality requirements for homes was very high. T he high end pro du c t b ei n g pro du c e d i n Penticton proved ideal for the Japanese market. While originally used primarily as structural supports, typically hidden behind siding or drywall today as much as 95 per cent of the Structurlam product is used SEE STRUCTURLAM INNOVATIVE |  PAGE 9

Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Awarded for “Make Digital Media Here” Campaign The COEDC took home the BCEDA Community Project Award for a campaign designed to strengthen the Central Okanagan tech sector


ELOWNA – The Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission’s (COEDC) Make Digital Media Here campaign took the Community Project Award at the 2016 B.C. Economic Development Awards on June 14th. The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) event honoured the

workforce and investment attraction campaign for its success in promoting and strengthening the Central Okanagan tech sector. The strength of the Make Digital Media Here campaign, asserts COEDC Manager Corie Griffiths, lay in its “multilayered, yet focused, programming.” “O u r orig i na l i ntention i n

Toronto was to connect Central Okanagan employers with the talent they need,” explains Griffiths, “but as we went along we noticed there were several, related layers and we wanted to bring these together in our campaign to create a bigger splash.” Creating that bigger splash naturally meant attracting qualified

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talent to the Central Okanagan’s hungry tech sector employers. But it also meant targeting UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College alumni; former Okanagan residents; and gaming, animation, and digital media companies looking to relocate or expand. SEE DIGITAL MEDIA |  PAGE 19

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