Brock Commons Tallwood House is an innovative tall wood student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It is currently the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structure of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys (54 meters) in height.
UBC’s building requirements reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability. Wood, a renewable material, was chosen in part to reflect this commitment, and the building was also designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
Construction demonstrated that the mass timber hybrid structural system is economically viable, repeatable and adaptable to other building types and uses. Using a crew of nine, the mass timber construction was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components arrived on site, approximately two months faster than a typical project of this size.
Extensive construction planning and detailed coordination of the prefabricated elements and installation activities all contributed to a successful project, proving the case for tall wood buildings.
“Wood is increasingly recognized as an important, innovative and safe building material choice. This new tall wood building reflects UBC’s leadership in sustainable construction and our commitment to providing our students with more on-campus housing.”
-Santa J. Ono, President, University of British Columbia
Forest communities will see more jobs and opportunity from B.C.’s proactive adoption of building code changes that allow the safe construction of taller wood buildings.
The 2019 Wood Design Awards, hosted by Wood WORKS! BC, honours excellence in wood building and design.
Located in Surrey, B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this facility with its dramatic suspended roof form is the first project to be completed on the ‘super block’ that is destined to become a regional campus of health, wellness and sports excellence.
People spend as much as 90 per cent of their time inside buildings, and for children, adolescents and an increasing number of young adults, most of this time is spent either at home or in school. Given this situation, the design of schools is of clear importance where wood plays a vital role.
Research on wood in the built environment, has been incorporated into Clean Energy Canada’s new report on public infrastructure: Building the Future. The policy primer looks at how smart decisions can cut pollution, save money, and support a clean economy.
Hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) and School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA), this technical workshop on robotic fabrication was held October 13 – 17 for students and practicing architects to share knowledge and experience with wood design experts. Using a state-of-the-art eight-axis industrial robotic work […]