After twelve years of hard work, and thanks to the contributions of alumni, grant-making foundations, companies and organizations the final phase of the Loon Lake Research and Education Centre redevelopment project is nearing completion. On October 1st the new dining hall, named Bentley Family Hall, after lead donor, Peter Bentley and his family, was officially opened.
The new dining hall has almost double the seating capacity of the old facility (6,800 sq ft), enabling the Centre to better cater to the increasing number of guests. The building was designed by local Maple Ridge architect, Wayne Bissky. And, with the majority of wood taken from the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest or donated by local forestry companies, it is an excellent demonstration in sustainable wood design and construction.
The former dining hall is currently being renovated to provide accommodation and a badly needed, meeting space. A very special thank you to all the donors who have collectively brought this project to completion through their tremendous support and generosity!