This adaptive rejuvenation of the 1970s municipal hall and library makes inventive use of laminated strand lumber, a highly sustainable, locally sourced material made of fast-growing aspen or poplar.
The large-scale panelized mass-timber structure forms a civic gathering space centered on a light-filled, sixty-seven-metre-long atrium, which provides public service counters for the various municipal departments. The renovation also included a conversion of the existing library into staff offices and meeting space.
When completed in late 2017, the Tsleil-Waututh Administration and Health Centre will become a hub for the Nation's administration, governance, health and social services. In addition it will serve as a centre for cultural and social engagements, while also preserving official records and historical artifacts. With its comprehensive program, the new building represents the first phase in the implementation of a new centralized community campus.
The Shore is a multi-building residential development located a few blocks from the North Vancouver waterfront. The project includes both five and six-storey wood-frame buildings constructed over a single storey concrete parking garage. On completion of the fourth building in 2017, the complex will include 359 apartment units.
Wood provides design versatility and warmth to balance the sleek design of the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre. 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.