Wayne Coulson

City hall gets facelift

Port Alberni’s city hall has a new, more modern look courtesy of $100,000 worth of cedar panelling donated by the Coulson Group.

Port Alberni’s city hall has a new, more modern look courtesy of $100,000 worth of cedar panelling donated by the Coulson Group.

“It provides an opportunity to show what we can produce locally in the Alberni Valley with local wood, local effort, local ingenuity. It’s very much a cooperative effort in terms of how much it came together,” said Mayor Mike Ruttan on Monday.

The new cedar panelling cost the city $35,000 for 400 hours of installation and was helped along by the donation of cedar panelling by the Coulson Group.

Cedar cladding for the entrance way support poles was donated by Western Forest Products.

According to director of finance Cathy Rothwell, J Robbins Construction installed the panels; Dolan’s provided sheet metal for the corners and Levelton Consultants provided engineering services.

The panelling has been manufactured at Coulson Forest Products sawmill for the past three years.

“The idea was to take one board, slice it into thin pieces and then glue it to a backing to try to extend that board to seven times the volume. That’s been the idea, to take a species that’s just about gone now and extend it seven times its life,” said CEO Wayne Coulson.

“We’re very proud that this new council stood up and embraced the whole idea of being a cedar leader in the world with our community. It’s great that we’re able to showcase our wood products on these buildings.”

According to Ruttan, it’s only the beginning of city hall renovations.

“This is part of the renewal of city hall and over the next 4-5 years we will renew the things we need to renew, whether it be old carpets or painting walls or what have you.”

Coulson Group CEO Wayne Coulson said that it was a much needed facelift.

“We’re pleased because at the end of the day, in a community, leadership starts at the top. We’ve always seen city hall as being the leader of the community,” said Coulson. “I remember meetings in here where we had broken chairs up in the lobby and then we’d walk into the mayor’s lobby and it would have water stains on the ceiling, the chairs were ripped… so it’s great to see that the new council has picked up on setting the standard and the expectation within the community that all of us on the corporate side are here to follow.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

Vehicle catches fire near China Creek Marina

No injuries in blaze, according to witnesses

North Island College issues brief statement on bomb threat

Threat forced college to close all campuses for one day

Premier wades into fishery closure debate

John Horgan questions the federal government’s approach

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Horse riders resurrect public riding ring near Port Alberni

Open house planned for July 22 so public can check out Beaver Creek facility

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

VIDEO: Firefighters put out brush fire in Nanaimo

Fire broke out in the area of a new development under construction in East Wellington

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Activists protest outside Kinder Morgan terminal in kayaks, canoes

Tsleil-Waututh elder Ta’ah Amy George led the water ceremony from a traditional Coast Salish canoe

Most Read