Communities in British Columbia value natural beauty for their public buildings, so it was expected that the project’s architects would use wood to capture the essence of the site’s beauty, which includes a salmon stream running through a forested area with walking trails alongside sports fields. Learn more about the use of wood to provide design versatility and warmth to balance sleek design as explored through June’s profile of Delbrook Community Recreation Centre.
Started as a small family-owned company in Penticton B.C., Structurlam has expanded over the past five decades into a global leader in mass timber buildings. Ron McDougall, mass timber specialist, explains the current state of the company and mass timber industry and where he feels they are headed in the future.
Explore the virtual tour of Samuel Brighouse Elementary School – Navigate through the corridors, library, gymnasium & music room to discover the extensive use of wood incorporated in the design, including the impressive undulating wood roof.
This case study features five buildings, representative of the diverse and varied application of new techniques and best practices for five- and six-storey wood-frame construction in B.C.
Home to the tallest mass timber hybrid building in the world, B.C. is a proven leader in using wood to increase the speed of construction and deliver community and environmental benefits in projects of all sizes.
Local start-up thrives with help from wood innovation funding and marketing and production experts.
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.
Recent Vancouver building projects with wood construction are setting the tone for sustainable innovation within the building industry, while cutting on energy costs and providing natural beauty for residents. Both The Heights and King Edward Villa feature concrete podiums, and five storeys each of wood-framed construction.