Richmond City Hall

Location

Richmond, BC

Completion

2000

Architect

DIALOG, KPMB Architects

Structural Engineer

Bush, Bohlman & Partners

Project Owner

City of Richmond

Project Materials

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Solid-sawn heavy timber

Structural Systems

Post + beam

Project Overview

Built in 2000, this precedent-setting design was one of the first major civic buildings in the province to prominently feature a wood and heavy-timber structure as its defining architectural statement. As the civic hub for the City of Richmond—the municipality immediately south of Vancouver, in the Fraser River delta—the building comprises a ninestorey office tower and a two-storey “meeting house” and is flanked by a landscaped plaza and gardens. The design embodies the city’s desire to reinforce its identity as a major urban centre, while reflecting the architectural character of the West Coast.

Wood Use

The base of the tower includes counters for all the departments commonly accessed by the public, and a soaring galleria that extends out to greet visitors arriving from No. 3 Road. The galleria structure is a series of Douglas-fir glue-laminated timber portal frames with heavy-timber decking. Expansive north-facing glazing floods the double height space with glare-free natural light, enhancing the warm tones of the wood.