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 […]
Discover the outcomes from this event that taught essential information about wood building fire requirements in the upcoming revised buildings codes.
Project Overview The Heights is a six-storey mixed-use building in the rapidly evolving Vancouver Heights neighbourhood. The 5,600 square metre building includes a basement parking garage, street level retail and five storeys of apartments above, with a total of 85 suites. The parking and retail space are constructed in concrete, while the five storeys of […]
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. Three levels of recreation, cultural and mixed-use space form the community-oriented facility, which includes weight rooms, an aquatic space, gymnasium and sport courts as well as multi-purpose and arts rooms.
Leadership in structural and architectural wood use by local governments was recognized recently at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler. Five local governments were presented with awards for use of wood in their community projects by Wood WORKS! BC. The City of Surrey, Township of Langley, Village of Radium Hot Springs, Village of Hazleton and Town of Smithers were all recognized as being exemplary advocates for wood.
With thousands of names on waiting lists for student housing at British Columbia universities, the skyrocketing demand in an already crowded and expensive rental market has inspired an innovative solution at Trinity Western University.
For over five decades, the BC Forest Discovery Centre remains one of Duncan’s favourite attractions providing education on B.C.’s leading sustainable forest management practices to residents and tourists.
Brock Commons Tallwood House is an innovative tall wood student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC), currently the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structure in the world. Explore the virtual tour.
MEC’s commitment to a broad approach to sustainability, incorporating environmentally-responsible, resource-conserving and socially-enlightened strategies are showcased in their head office. Explore the virtual tour.
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.