That’s the status of the new $6.5 million BCGEU building set to open its doors in downtown Prince George the middle of next month.
“We will be completed in August and we’ll start our move-in and we’ll be having a grand opening on September 26,” says BCGEU president Stephanie Smith. “So we will be inviting lots of folks to come and see the new building.”
She says the three-storey building, which was awarded a development design certificate by the City of Prince George in March, has plenty of special features. “This will be a LEED certified building, we have sensor controls and faucets, dual flush toilets and drought resistant landscaping.”
In addition, she says most of the materials used are recyclable and designed “to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint.”
Smith says they even worked with designers and the City to develop an anti-crime component. “We’ve put in some features that provide for living greenery on a wall that we hope will deter tagging or any kind of graffiti.”
She also proudly notes the building, which will serve over 2,000 members in Prince George and its surrounding areas, utilized union construction.
“And we localized trades as much as possible because we really believe in supporting unionized jobs and local businesses and trades,” says Smith. “It does cost more in some regards but we think it’s a really important investment.”
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