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.
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.
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.