King David High School


Vancouver, B.C.


9,500 square metres



Structural Engineer

Glotman Simpson Consulting

Project Materials


Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)




Structural Systems

Low rise

Post + beam


Wood humanizes high school

King David High School offers an immersive educational experience that conveys conviction, responsibility and pride in its pupils. Wood’s inclusion injects warmth into the space, humanizing the building while appealing to people’s senses, psyche and imagination.

  • Wood injects warmth into the building through its measured used.
  • The heart of the building is the multi-purpose sanctuary, with wood floors and exposed glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns.
  • Western red cedar features prominently in the siding and overhangs of the exterior of the building.

Wood features prominently

Construction materials used for the project include glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns, western red cedar siding, poured-in-place concrete, coloured concrete block, and Jerusalem stone. The use of structural components as finishing materials, combined with large expanses of wood paneling, meant a reduction in the use of gypsum board for finishing.

The placement of wood is throughout the building, in the wood-paneled cabinets of the music room, in the built-in benches of the lounge, and in the central sanctuary meeting room, where exposed wood glulam beams and columns and floor are lit by natural daylight. Outside, the overhangs and siding are made of western red cedar, giving the building a uniquely British Columbian look and feel.

Learn about the benefits of using wood in schools

Case study: Wood in education

This case study and video review educational facilities across British Columbia, looking at their design, function and use of wood.

Interior daytime upward view of King David High School multi-purpose sanctuary, with wood floors and exposed glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns
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Cover page of factsheet displaying a render image of a three-storey building, sunny sky and plenty of people enjoying the common areas and patios.
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