Samuel Brighouse Elementary School in Richmond is a great showcase for the use of British Columbia wood in public buildings. The award-winning school opened three months earlier than scheduled, and has a stunning design, welcomed by students and staff alike. An undulating wood roof is the school’s signature architectural feature. Not only does it look fantastic, but it was prefabricated off site so shop and field construction could proceed concurrently. It also took half the time to cover the building than a roof built on site.
Locally harvested wood was the primary building material for Samuel Brighouse Elementary School. It was used for the post-and-beam structure, wall framing, roof decking, millwork as interior doors, and protective wall panels. One building was made entirely with wood, and the other has a timber-frame second storey above a concrete main floor structure. The school’s designer, Perkins+Will Canada, received an Architectural Institute of British Columbia 2012 Merit award for the project; and its structural engineers Fast+Epp received the 2012 WoodWORKS! BC Wood Design Award for Engineering.
“We chose wood as the primary expressive material for this project, transforming it into an evocative architectural gesture that demonstrates the beauty and capacity of dimensional wood. ”
– Robert Drew, Project Architect, Perkins+Will
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 […]