Completed in 2012, this 1,500 square metre, single-storey building provides state-of-the-art accommodation and facilities for the Summerland RCMP detachment in the southern interior of British Columbia. With the existing facility outdated and in need of major repairs, the town faced a difficult referendum question: either raise funds for a new building or have the community police force replaced by a regional one. The simple, elegant and economical design of the proposed facility helped convince a majority of citizens to vote in favour of a new building.
This is a building in which wood is used in very traditional ways, with solid sawn lumber exposed as both a structural and finish material. Such an approach also maximizes the sustainable attributes of wood as a natural medium for carbon storage and as a construction material with low embodied energy. The architects chose a conventional glue-laminated timber post and beam structure for the building, with exterior and interior infill walls of light wood-frame construction.
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