When Canada’s leading retailer of outdoor gear set out to construct a new head office, they chose wood as the primary building material for its performance, renewability, and aesthetic qualities.
The four-storey headquarters, situated in Vancouver’s burgeoning high-tech hub of False Creek Flats, is constructed using nail-laminated timber (NLT), a simple yet economical construction technology that’s been used in commercial buildings for over 150 years. The building’s floor assemblies are made of modular, prefabricated NLT panels, a cost-effective way to incorporate an abundance of wood into the office’s design.
The use of glass and an open space plan makes wood visible from any vantage point, emphasizing the warmth and beauty of the timber construction. Interior Douglas-fir millwork screens offer an inviting alternative to traditional office cubicles.
Learn about the latest wood design and construction trends within these four building applications while earning Architectural Institute of British Columbia (AIBC) recognized continuing learning units towards professional development.
With its wide-ranging use of different wood species, the Prince George Airport demonstrates how a high-traffic building can benefit from the resilience, versatility, durability, and thermal characteristics of wood. These were important considerations for this northern city, situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, which is prone to cold, harsh winters.
An effective insulator with a warm aesthetic, wood is particularly well suited to the demanding atmospheres of swimming pools — as well as ice rinks in arenas. Wood tolerates high levels of humidity, offers acoustic and thermal benefits, and absorbs and releases water vapour without compromising its structural integrity. Indoor pool design has evolved to include ample use of natural light and bold, innovative uses of B.C. wood from sustainably managed forests.
Interview with Darryl Condon, Managing Principal of HCMA Architecture + Design, who has embraced and often pioneered the use of wood and mass timber in community, civic, and recreational aquatic facilities throughout British Columbia and Canada. He shares why wood is often an integral material in the buildings they design, and how they’ve pushed the boundaries of what is possible with wood.
Located in John Hendry Park in east Vancouver, this ice rink was the first phase in the replacement of an aging community centre facility. The rink served as a practice facility for competitors who participated in the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and opened for public use after the Games.
Four case studies and architectural drawings that provide solutions to common issues in mass-timber building design are now available.