The Heights is a six-storey mixed-use building in the rapidly evolving Vancouver Heights neighbourhood. The 5,600 square metre building includes a basement parking garage, street level retail and five storeys of apartments above, with a total of 85 suites. The parking and retail space are constructed in concrete, while the five storeys of residential accommodation are of wood-frame construction.
In addition to being the most economical construction material for this size and type of building, wood lends itself to Passive House construction. On completion, The Heights was the largest Passive House certified building in Canada and demonstrates the adaptability of traditional wood-frame construction to a new generation of high performance buildings.
The building is constructed with conventional 2×6 exterior walls; interior load-bearing and non-load-bearing walls, wood I-joist floors and plywood sheathing and decking. The only non-standard aspect of construction is the secondary 2×4 wall that parallels the exterior walls. The elevator shaft is constructed in concrete on the retail/parking level, transitioning into nail-laminated timber (NLT) where the wood frame construction begins.
The Heights is aiming to be one of Canada’s most energy efficient new buildings through super insulation and greatly improved air tightness. Wood lends itself well to super insulated structures as wood itself is an insulator. Wood also lends itself to very airtight buildings as sheet goods (plywood, OSB) can be taped to function as a simple and effective air barrier.
Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner City of Vancouver
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.
With forestry being a central component of Quesnel's economy, it was natural for community leaders to further the area's culture of wood by featuring it as a key structural and finishing component of their new arena. This two-storey facility is a focal point for the community and will also serve as a venue for live entertainment, trade shows and community events.
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 […]
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Project Overview The Heights is a six-storey mixed-use building in the rapidly evolving Vancouver Heights neighbourhood. The 5,600 square metre building includes a basement parking garage, street level retail and five storeys of apartments above, with a total of 85 suites. The parking and retail space are constructed in concrete, while the five storeys of […]
Communities in British Columbia value natural beauty for their public buildings, so it was expected that the project’s architects would use wood to capture the essence of the site’s beauty, which includes a salmon stream running through a forested area with walking trails alongside sports fields. Three levels of recreation, cultural and mixed-use space form the community-oriented facility, which includes weight rooms, an aquatic space, gymnasium and sport courts as well as multi-purpose and arts rooms.