Located at the centre of the fastest growing community within B.C.’s fastest growing municipality, this new facility is designed to accommodate both international swim meets and a wide variety of water-related community activities. The aquatic centre, 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. In addition to its natatorium which houses a competition-sized lap pool and a leisure pool – both overlooked from the main lobby – the complex includes two hot pools, a sauna, fitness centre and poolside cafe.
Wood was chosen for the roof structure as it met several important design considerations, both architectural and structural. Wood structures have a proven track record in high humidity environments, as glue laminated (glulam) beam roof systems have often been used in aquatic facilities for their resistance to warping due to moisture. The natural appearance of wood also lends a warm atmosphere to facilities that, of necessity, have large areas of hard, impervious surfaces. For the suspended roof at Grandview Heights, glulam beams also offered the required tensile capacity, self weight and inherent stiffness required to resists wind uplift, when compared to the commonly used steel cable system.
Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.
Advancements in construction technology, modernized building codes, and a demand for sustainable design are making wood the right choice for a variety of residential and hotel projects. Wood products from B.C.’s sustainably managed forests are also helping to meet the growing demand for affordable housing; wood is well-suited for economical and timely construction — notably in hard to reach places, including downtown sites and remote locations.
More multi-family developers are discovering that the innovative use of wood and mass-timber construction doesn’t just save money, it can be an advantage that sets you apart in a sea of condos that begin to all look the same. Increasingly, both buyers and renters are placing importance on organic materials, sustainability, and warm, inviting interiors—all areas where wood construction excels.
The Shore is a multi-building residential development located a few blocks from the North Vancouver waterfront. The project includes both five and six-storey wood-frame buildings constructed over a single storey concrete parking garage. On completion of the fourth building in 2017, the complex will include 359 apartment units.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized at the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Vancouver.
People spend the vast majority of their life inside buildings. For children and young adults, many of those hours are spent inside educational institutions. Having wood visible in learning spaces has been shown to lower stress and improve concentration and test performance. Along with health and wellness benefits, wood construction is cost effective and often faster than other methods. Learn more about the benefits of building with wood in schools.