VANCOUVER – The top forestry companies in British Columbia have teamed up with some of the province’s most talented and innovative architectural firms and builders to form Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge, a unique undertaking that will ultimately entertain thousands of B.C. children while providing funding to build homes for hard-working families in B.C.
Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge will see the building of several magnificent and whimsical children’s playhouses that will be sold to corporate donors, with proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliate locations across B.C. Each magical playhouse is a collaborative project, with a B.C. forest products company donating building materials, an architectural team contributing their creativity in design, and a local builder providing their expertise in construction.
“We’re incredibly proud and excited to see this inaugural Playhouse Challenge come to fruition and not only bring joy to families across B.C., but also showcase the vast array of unique applications for BC’s sustainable forest products,” says Don Kayne, president and CEO, Canfor. “It’s inspiring to watch the teams that have been brought together for this challenge as they compete to create the most original playhouses between the Pacific and the Rockies – and from what I’ve seen so far, they won’t disappoint.”
Finished playhouses will be on display in a special themed area at the 2012 Fair at the PNE, where they are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the 17-day event that runs Aug. 18 to Sept. 3.
Following the Fair, the playhouses will be sold to pre-registered corporate buyers for donation to children’s charity organizations across the province. Funds raised will go to Habitat for Humanity Canada affiliate locations to build decent, affordable housing for hard-working families in B.C.
Students from BCIT are designing and building a playhouse for the Challenge, competing against professional architects and builders to create the fan-favourite playhouse.
For more information on Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge visit: www.playhousechallenge.com.