Port Alberni on Vancouver Island’s rugged Pacific Coast has enjoyed a forest-based economy for more than half a century. So when the decision was made to replace the city’s only secondary school, the Ministry of Education turned to cutting-edge wood technology to achieve environmental benefits and celebrate the city’s strengths. The new Alberni District Secondary School, which opened in 2012, has more than 1,000 students and is a local centerpiece – with two gymnasiums, a 500-seat community theatre, a First Nations gathering place, a youth health clinic and a Neighbourhood Learning Centre. Wood was used extensively throughout the school. For one of the two gyms, the designers adapted the WoodWave Structural Panel system created for the award-winning Richmond Olympic Oval. Efficient and cost-effective, it provides a beautiful wood ceiling inside the gym, and a majestic exterior wood wave design that can be viewed from two of the classrooms on the school’s second level. The Richmond Olympic Oval was a signature structure for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, and its WoodWave roof was a precedent-setting example of advanced wood engineering and design. Its wood-steel arches have a hollow triangular crosssection to conceal mechanical, electrical and plumbing services. The scaled-down adaptation used for Alberni District Secondary School offers a structurally sound, acoustically efficient and aesthetically pleasing solution with significant commercial benefits.
Woodwave Roof: A Made-In-B.C. Solution
Alberni District Secondary School Has A Woodwave Roof Panel System, Conceived And Engineered By B.C.’S Structurecraft Builders For The Richmond Olympic Oval. Lumber And Plywood Are Fastened Together In A Wave- Like Form To Serve As A Structural Roof, A Finished Ceiling And A Noise-Reducing Panel.
Relaxed Learning Environment
The Use Of Wood Throughout Alberni District Secondary School Provides Students And Teachers With A Productive And High-Quality Learning Environment. Research By The University Of British Columbia And Fpinnovations Has Found That Wood Interiors Reduce Stress.
Efficient and Cost-Effective
Prefabrication And Shop-Based Preassembly Saved Time, And Ensured Precision And Consistent Quality; Alberni District Secondary School’S Roof System Was Installed In One Day. The Wood Supplied To The Manufacturer Came From The Alberni Valley.
Advancing Commercial Viability
The School Received A Grant From The Canadian Wood Council/ Woodworks! And Forest Industry Groups To Demonstrate A Commercially Viable Use Of Innovative Wood-Based Products.