Renovation leads to award for Native Sons Hall in Courtenay

Following a major renovation last year, the Native Sons Hall has earned a provincial award.

  • May. 18, 2011 8:00 p.m.

Following a major renovation last year, the Native Sons Hall has earned a provincial award.

The Native Sons Hall was recently recognized with a Facility Excellence Award at the British Columbia Recreation and Parks (BCRPA) 2011 Provincial Awards ceremony.

“The Native Sons Hall renovation is something everyone involved should be very proud of,” Courtenay Mayor Greg Phelps said in a press release. “I’m glad this award will give more exposure to the amazing job done by the architect, city staff, contractors and crew.”

The Native Sons Hall, constructed in 1928, is the largest free-span log building in Canada.

With funding from the Government of Canada, the Province of B.C., the Vancouver Foundation and the City of Courtenay, a major $1.9-million renovation was undertaken, which included log and structural repairs, new ramps and canopies, flooring, kitchen and bar facilities, and more.

The primary scope of the project included gutting and renovating the east porch to provide washrooms, kitchen, storage and bar facilities; replacing the main floor with a new maple floor; replacing windows;  upgrading the electrical service and improvements to the mechanical service.

The overall goals of the renovation were to maintain the heritage character of the facility and modernize the interior to maximize use.

The Native Sons Hall reopened in August.

Each year, BCRPA recognizes outstanding programs, innovative facilities and dedicated professionals in B.C.

“These awards serve as a reminder that recreation, culture and parks services in British Columbia contribute to the quality of life of all British Columbians, helping create and support healthy individuals and communities,” noted the release.

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