mgb was commissioned to design three phases of the Prince George Airport expansion and renovation. While the scope originated from the need to improve security and adding international flights, the design demanded innovative and cost effective technical solutions that would stretch the modest project to allow significant rejuvenation of the aging 70’s structure. Durability, longevity, simplicity, sustainability, detailing and cost were all weighed in the decisions to develop a simple natural palette for the building. The intensive use of wood helped to satisfy all of the project’s ambitions but also created a strong and logical affinity to the region. The forest industry is an important part of the local economy. The elegantly engineered wood structures combine discreet tight-fit stainless steel pin connections with shaped columns and beams crafted using 5 axis CNC equipment. Interior wood elements include panelized maple plywood, 'birch box' seating and maple benches that were designed to create variety and intimacy within the departures lounge. Douglas fir ceiling planks provide warmth throughout the building interior and on the exterior soffits.