$725,000 library built from earthquake-resistant Canadian wood products
The Canada-Tohoku reconstruction project will see Canada assist Japan rebuild after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
B.C. has completed construction on a $725,000 wooden library in Japan as part of the federal government’s Canada-Tohoku reconstruction project.
“Today’s announcement demonstrates Canada’s ongoing commitment to helping Japan rebuild following the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami,” said natural resources minister Joe Olivier.
The Donguri Anne Public Library is built from high quality wood products from Canada which are not only earthquake resistant, but also more environment friendly.
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“We’re pleased that we have been able to contribute to the reconstruction effort while showcasing the beauty and functionality of our wood products in a highly attractive building,” said tourism minister Pat Bell.
“Wood construction is particularly suited to the reconstruction program now underway in Japan,” explained reconstruction contributor Glen Wilson.
“Modern wood-frame building systems are earthquake resistant and the small carbon footprint of wood products matches well with the Japanese preference for natural, green public facilities.”
Funding for the library comes from the $4.6 million Canada-Tohoku reconstruction project that currently supports several rebuilding projects in areas devastated by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The B.C. government has contributed $2 million to this reconstruction project; the federal government’s contribution is also $2 million, the government of Alberta has given $150,000 and $460,000 have come from Canadian forest companies.
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