Brentwood Town Centre Station


Burnaby, B.C.


2,045 square metres







Structural Engineer

Fast + Epp

Engineered Wood Fabricator

Mercer Mass Timber LLC

Project Materials

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Nail-laminated timber (NLT)

Structural Systems

Hybrid / Other

Low rise

Post + beam


First of its kind double curved wood canopy station

The double-curved wood canopy and futuristic form of Brentwood Town Centre Station makes it an iconic structure on the Burnaby skyline.

  • The elevated rapid transit station on Vancouver’s Millennium Line was the first of a series to incorporate wood and the first of its kind in North America.
  • The striking curved wood canopies and overall canoe-like shape give the futuristic appearance of a station elevated high above a major thoroughfare.
  • The canopies utilize both traditional materials and digital technology to create a hybrid timber design.

NLT and glulam form primary structure

The first in a series of innovative transit station designs to incorporate wood, Brentwood Town Centre Station is an iconic structure on Metro Vancouver’s Millennium Line, with its double-curved futuristic form levitating above Lougheed Highway. Its sleek, canoe-like design foreshadowed the thoroughly modern, state-of-the-art town centre in Burnaby, the city immediately to the east of Vancouver.

The structure’s hybrid-timber design is the result of digital technology applied to tried-and-true traditional materials. The two curved nail-laminated timber (NLT) canopies, supported by glue-laminated timber (glulam) ribs, are connected via a structural gutter to steel cross-bracing and V-shaped steel struts to form the primary structure to which the glazing is fastened. More station designs followed this precedent-setting project, incorporating mass timber or other wood products in various architecturally expressive shapes and forms.

Case study: Wood in transportation

A case study and video regarding structural design and transportation featuring the Brentwood Town Centre Station, Canada Line Stations, and the Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge.

Large arching nail laminated timber (NLT) beams supporting a wooden ceiling are prominent features in this interior view of the City of Burnaby
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Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station

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Lansdowne Canada Line Station in evening with wood detail ceiling, pot lights and skytrain in station. Escalator in foreground.
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Aberdeen Canada Line Station interior with wood detail ceiling in daytime
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Exterior nightime view of Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge showing double-curved glue-laminated timber (glulam) arch with walkway suspended by steel cables below
Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge

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