Timber Adds Class to Schools

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, B.C. | Photo: StructureCraft Builders / Mathias Fast

As students returned to school, they settled in to educational environments made warmer and more comfortable through the use of wood in building design.

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.

School principal Rob Comeau sees the benefits and beauty of B.C. forest products every day with students and staff at Abbotsford Senior Secondary School. The school has an intricate and impressive rotunda roof built of exposed glue-laminated timber (glulam) and wood decking.

“Open spaces and light are some of the best design qualities in a school. That’s B.C. architecture — light, wood, and space.”

-Rob Comeau, Principal, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School | Photo: Aaron Millar/ CHP Architects

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