British Columbia’s cutting‐edge wood architecture and design are featured in the newly released book, Naturally Wood.
B.C.’s leadership in the wood building sector is progressive and inspiring. Naturally Wood is packed with stories and insights from industry leaders, innovators and thinkers, captured in first-person and by a variety of B.C. writers.
This collection of perspectives and projects underscores B.C. wood innovation and history in a tribute to one of our most important industries in B.C. It makes a cohesive and convincing argument that wood is a natural choice and a building material that can help provide solutions to our biggest challenges in the decades to come, including affordable housing and sustainable building systems.
“Wood is a limitless material in so many ways — renewable and with extraordinary expressive potential. As British Columbians, it makes sense that we are drawn to building with wood and we’ve really embraced pushing the envelope with what you can do with wood.”
– Darryl Condon, founder of HCMA Architecture + Design
Located seventy kilometres east of Vancouver in the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School features wood as part of a major rehabilitation and replacement project.
School principal Rob Comeau talks about why wood is good for schools
For many, urban community and recreation centres are becoming a home away from home. Showcasing the beauty of wood, British Columbia (B.C.) forest products from sustainably managed forests are being used to help make these important facilities feel warm and inviting, enhancing well-being.
This 8,825-square-metre aquatic centre in the heart of Surrey looks ready to take flight, with catenary, undulating, glue-laminated timber cables that swoop skyward.
Read this interview with Scott Groves, who oversees design, construction, and operations of all civic facilities in Surrey, and find out how the province’s fastest-growing city is winning with wood.
Commercial and industrial buildings are incorporating more wood into their construction. Along with the strength needed to last in heavy duty applications, wood has its own unique advantages.