BCGEU breaks ground on new office for members in Prince George

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President and former and current treasurers of the union in Prince George Thursday for groundbreaking ceremony

BCGEU President Stephanie Smith, Treasurer Paul Finch and former BCGEU Treasurer Diane Wood were in Prince George on Thursday, July 24 for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new BCGEU Prince George area office: the Diane L. Wood Union Centre. BCGEU represents over 2,000 members in the Prince George area.

“The new building will better serve BCGEU members in Prince George and surrounding areas,” says Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president. “We have a fast-growing membership in the area and we are confident that the new, much larger office will better meet members’ needs.”

The new [Prince George] area office represents a significant contribution to our growth as a union. This helps us strengthen our assets in a sustainable way that directly benefits our membership.” says Paul Finch, BCGEU treasurer.

The ceremony commemorated the new BCGEU building that will be completed in the summer of 2015. The new 12,000 square foot, three-story high new building will incorporate innovative green technology and has been designed to achieve LEED certified status. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods in order to maximize energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

“BCGEU is committed to reducing our carbon footprint and operating in a way that is environmentally sound,” says BCGEU President Stephanie Smith. “The new Prince George area office uses responsible environmental design and innovative technology to help the fight against climate change.”

Some of the features of the new building will include:

  • Only union labour is employed on site and local trades, whenever possible, have been contracted to the do the work
  • At least 90% of the lighting will be LED technology
  • Faucets are sensor controlled and the toilets are dual flush
  • Many of the materials used are either recyclable or are made from recycled products
  • Drought resistant landscaping is being planted to preclude the need for a permanent sprinkler irrigation system
  • The installation of an underground recharge basin that will accept all storm water runoff from the site.  No storm water will channel into the city storm sewers resulting in no additional demand on the city infrastructure.
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