The John M.S. Lecky UBC Boathouse is nestled on the banks ofthe Fraser River in Richmond, B.C. Its wood design capturesthe spirit of rowing and is an ideal material to build a floatingstructure. The boathouse offers spectacular views of theNorth Shore Mountains from its spacious, modern interior.
Sustainable building is playing an increasingly important role in Canada’s post-disaster design standards. When the City of Richmond decided to replace the 40-year-old fire hall serving the Steveston community, they did so with an iconic structure built with structural wood panels formed using mountain pine beetle wood. The Steveston Fire Hall is an example of the City’s commitment to promoting wood in construction due to its low carbon footprint and dedication to using salvaged or recycled materials when possible.
Samuel Brighouse Elementary School in Richmond is a great showcase for the use of British Columbia wood in public buildings. The award-winning school opened three months earlier than scheduled, and has a stunning design, welcomed by students and staff alike. An undulating wood roof is the school's signature architectural feature. Not only does it look fantastic, but it was prefabricated off site so shop and field construction could proceed concurrently. It also took half the time to cover the building than a roof built on site.
The primary purpose of the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) is to consolidate state-of-the-art resources and research into a 'knowledge hub' to better address the growing challenge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in British Columbia. The PAFC will be connected to smaller satellite facilities in a network designed to build capacity for learning, assessment, treatment and support services for individuals and families across the province.
Designed to support active living and wellness for all ages, the new Minoru Centre for Active Living was built to meet the changing needs of the Richmond community and to increase services for aquatics users, seniors and others. The new centre replaced an aging and outdated group of buildings, and has become a true community facility, combining three spaces, including aquatics, a centre for older adults and outdoor field sports. Wood was chosen for the Minoru Centre to serve as an expressive, rhythmic material creating a sense of 'flow.'
Using wood for mid-rise residential buildings is a great way to increase density and gain environmental and economic advantages at the same time. That's why the B.C. government amended the provincial building code in 2009 to increase the permissible height for light-frame wood residential construction to six storeys from four. Before amending the code, the British Columbia government brought together safety experts so it could be confident that mid-rise wood from residential buildings could be designed and constructed with adequite levels of safety.