Better buildings
September 17, 2019

Timber adds class to schools

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 BC 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 BC architecture — light, wood, and space.”

-Rob Comeau, Principal, Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

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Glue-laminated timber (Glulam), paneling, plywood, and solid-sawn heavy timbers were combined to create the concentric circles shown in this upward interior image of the Abbotsford Senior Secondary School ceiling
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The mass timber ceiling of the Southern Okanagan Secondary School 3 storey atrium, including massive octagonal skylight, natural hewn pillars, and glue-laminated timbers are featured in this image
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