Planning for a new Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) head office began in 2008 when it became clear that the company was outgrowing its existing premises. In January 2012, the City of Vancouver approved a rezoning proposal for the construction of a new 10,400 m2 (112,000 sq ft) LEED-certified head office facility in the False Creek Flats area, southeast of the city centre.
Brock Commons Tallwood House is an innovative tall wood student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It is currently the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structure of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys (54 meters) in height.
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.
Join us as naturally:wood hosts the Wood Products Showcase February 14 & 15 at BUILDEX Vancouver—Western Canada’s largest tradeshow and conference for the construction, architecture and interior design industries.
Discover our resources and factsheets, including an introduction to Wood Innovates BC, a new one-stop platform providing resources to drive innovation in wood design, building and manufacturing.
Designing today’s school facilities demand economically and environmentally sustainable solutions that can simultaneously create safe and inspiring learning atmospheres. This has made wood a very important part of the conversation when selecting materials for structural and finishing applications in schools.
B.C. company Timbre Tonewood was recently featured on CBC's North By Northwest, highlighting their work supplying guitar-tops to companies in Canada and overseas. The company deals with four local species of trees exclusively, red cedar, engelmann spruce, sitka spruce and big leaf maple.
This one-stop platform, hosted by naturally:wood, profiles the latest B.C. expertise, wood design resources, events and workshops, to encourage exchange on technological developments, research, building and manufacturing efficiencies and innovations. The latest trends and topics surrounding the advancement of wood use are featured in addition to a project gallery, case studies, mass timber technical guides, a directory of local suppliers and upcoming events.
Fast + Epp was honoured at the 29th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala for Brock Commons Tallwood House. They were presented with the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence for the project. “The Awards for Engineering Excellence winners represent the best and brightest in our industry,” said Keith Sashaw, President and CEO, ACEC-BC. “The winning projects are some of the most impressive work we have seen from B.C.’s consulting engineers, who have been showcased on this stage for nearly three decades.”
Hosted by BC Housing in collaboration with industry partners, this training workshop held on April 17 will demonstrate cutting edge construction safety practices, industry research, and lessons learned from international exterior cladding fires as they relate to the design and construction of modern residential buildings. With a focus on managing and designing to address fire safety risk, this workshop will discuss international best practices in exterior wall finishes while addressing new considerations and awareness around residential fires.
This education and networking event designed for the construction sector brings together three construction and design professionals – each of whom has delivered innovative and sustainable projects. The speakers will highlight the potential for incorporating pre-fabricated elements to enhance speed, reduce cost and deliver better energy performance. As well, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) processes will be profiled for projects large and small, including a case study of the first truly IPD project in Alberta, the Mosaic Centre.