Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge unites top forestry companies, architectural firms and builders for charity

British Columbia’s top forestry companies are teaming up once again with some of the province’s most innovative architectural firms and talented builders for the 2nd Annual Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge, a unique undertaking that will ultimately entertain hundreds of thousands of BC children while providing funding for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge will see the building of several unique and imaginative children’s playhouses that will eventually be auctioned off to corporate donors. Each playhouse is a collaborative project, with a BC forest products company donating building materials, an architectural team contributing their creativity in design, and a local builder providing their expertise in design.

“Building on the incredible success of last year’s event, we are very excited to launch the 2nd Annual Canfor’s Playhouse Challenge,” said Don Kayne, President and CEO of Canfor. “This challenge not only brings joy to thousands of children and families across the province, but also showcases the vast array of local sustainable forest products, creativity and talent that British Columbia has to offer.”

Finished playhouses will be on display in a special themed area at the 2013 Fair at the PNE where they are expected to draw thousands of little visitors throughout the 15-day end-of-summer event.

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 benefit BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Child Health BC Program to ensure every child in BC has access to consistent and first-rate standard care, no matter where in the province they live.

The delightful creations include: Sam + Pam by the Office of McFarlane Biggar and Kindred, the Cocohut by Canfor, the Tree Playhouse by the Econ Group, Brisco Manufacturing and Gorman Bros., the Fab Forest by Lanefab and Conifex, the Stubby Shuttle by DA Architects + Planners  and Teal Jones, and Castle by Larigakis Architecture, BIRD and Dunkley.

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