Wood Innovation and Design Centre

New Build

project at a glance

  • 29.5
  • 51,000



  • Access Control
    From traditional proximity card badge systems to leading-edge OSDP, security devices, control access to your facility every day of the year. Houle can help manage ingress and egress from your facility to keep your site secure.
  • Electrical
    From preconstruction to construction to post project support and service, Houle provides all your electrical construction and renovation needs.
  • HVAC Controls
    Houle provides design and system integration to help you regulate the operation of your heating, ventilation, and/or air conditioning (HVAC) system.
  • Lighting Controls
    Houle can help you regulate the level and quality of light in a given space through features such as daylight harvesting, occupancy and vacancy detection, shade control, scheduling, scene control energy monitoring, and remote access.
  • Structured Cabling
    From full server rooms to multiple site roll-outs to large construction based projects, Houle’s Network Systems team can serve all your needs.

Scope of Work

Completed: 2014

Owner: University of Northern British Columbia

Located in downtown Prince George, the eight-storey Wood Innovation and Design Centre features innovative use of wood solutions. The University of Northern BC occupies the lower three floors of the building with facilities for the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design. The upper floors provide office space for government and wood industry-related organizations, as well as the planned Emily Carr University of Art + Design Centre for Design Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Houle completed an integrated electrical system installation for what is now the tallest wood structure building in North America. Houle provided controls, networks infrastructure, and security services, which included access control for the entire building; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; lighting controls; and all data infrastructure. All of Houle’s work on the project conformed to Ashrae 90.1 (2007) energy standards.

This was Houle’s first endeavour with an all-wood building. The main challenge was the building’s architecture – because of the building’s make-up, the acoustical wood ceiling slats left little room for infrastructure. Most of the main wiring was run in floor trenches, which required Houle to come up with techniques to accommodate the restriction.

The project was completed on schedule and used many of the different services that Houle had to offer. Due to Houle’s successful performance on this project, Houle developed a good working relationship with the contractor.  This led to further design-assist projects in the building, including building tenant improvements.