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Vancouver’s NSDA Architects is the winner of the first Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) Award, handed out on March 3, 2014 as part of the 10th annual Wood WORKS! BC Wood Design Awards. The architectural firm is being recognized for its innovative use of wood certified to the SFI Standard in the new Kordyban Lodge, a Canadian Cancer Society care facility located in Prince George, BC. (…)

The lodge, which contains wood products from certified sources – the majority of which are certified to the SFI standard – provides a comfortable and peaceful home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. The stunning wood building spans 25,000 square feet and includes 36 beds, a meditation room, lounge, family room, massage therapy room and more.(…)

As the North American leader in sustainable forest management, SFI supports projects such as the Kordyban Lodge that use renewable, responsibly harvested building materials. SFI acknowledges the important role projects like this play in promoting wood as an economical, environmental and socially responsible building material. [1]

People living with cancer and undergoing medical treatments are often overwhelmed by feelings of fear and anxiety. The client recognized the design of the project would play an important role in the physical, emotional and psychological well-being of the patients and their families and wanted the Lodge to be a “home away from home” and reflect the uniqueness of the North.

Kordyban Lodge has 36-beds, a family room, common lounge and dining room, activity and recreation spaces, massage therapy, library, spiritual and meditation room, library, a wig and prosthetics rooms.

The social spaces two-storey shed volumes with a post and beam structure, extensive glass and wood finish gives the interiors, a feeling of warmth and openness. The materially expressive architecture is rooted in the context and culture of the north region and provides a life-affirming nurturing environment for the cancer patient and their families comforting the body, mind and spirit. [2]


Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Award, 2013


[1]       “NSDA Receives First Ever Sustainable FORESTRY INITIATIVE Award.” Canadian Architect, March 16, 2014. https://www.canadianarchitect.com/nsda-receives-first-ever-sustainable-forestry-initiative-award-for-kordyban-lodge-cancer-care/.

[2]       “Kordyban Lodge.” NSDA, August 4, 2017. https://www.nsda.bc.ca/projects/kordyban-lodge/.

Additional information:

“About Us.” NSDA, February 2, 2021. https://www.nsda.bc.ca/about-us/.

“BC Architectural Firm Receives First Ever Sustainable FORESTRY INITIATIVE Award FOR Kordyban LODGE Cancer Care Facility.” BC Architectural Firm Receives First Ever Sustainable Forestry Initiative Award for Kordyban Lodge Cancer Care Facility, June 30, 2018. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/bc-architectural-firm-receives-first-ever-sustainable-forestry-initiative-award-for-kordyban-lodge-cancer-care-facility-248398291.html.

“Healthcare Lodge Honoured with Inaugural Wood Award.” Construction Canada, February 22, 2017. https://www.constructioncanada.net/healthcare-lodge-honoured-with-inaugural-wood-award/.

“Kordyban Lodge.” Harder.Blog, March 5, 2014. https://harder.blog/2014/03/05/kordyban-lodge/.

“NSDA Architects Wins First ANNUAL SFI Wood Design Award.” Woodworking Network. Accessed July 28, 2021. https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood/lumber-data-trends/NSDA-Architects-Wins-First-Ever-SFI-Wood-Design-Award-249157941.html.

“Wood Design Awards – Wood-Works.” WoodWorks. Accessed July 28, 2021. https://wood-works.ca/atlantic/wood-design-awards/.

Project Title: Kordyban Lodge
Artists:  NSDA Architects
Year: 2014

Place: Prince George, British Columbia

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