StructureCraft Manufacturing Facility

Location

Abbotsford, BC

Size

4,645 square metres

Completion

2017

Structural Engineer

StructureCraft

Construction Manager

StructureCraft

Engineered Wood Supplier/Fabricator

StructureCraft

Project Materials

Dowel-laminated timber (DLT)

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Laminated strand lumber (LSL)

Nail-laminated timber (NLT)

Plywood

Structural Systems

Low rise

Mass timber

Panellized

Post + beam

Prefabricated

StructureCraft, an engineer-led fabricator of innovative timber structures, reinvents the industrial building typology with its nearly 5,000-square-metre all-timber manufacturing facility.

  • All-timber design built showcases a range of wood products and building systems including glue-laminated timber (glulam), laminated strand lumber (LSL), and dowel-laminated timber (DLT).
  • Demonstrates a sustainable alternative to conventional concrete tilt-up and steel construction.
  • A demountable wood structure—panelized and screwed into place—makes it possible to take the building apart and extend it for future expansion.

Assembled as an all-timber kit-of-parts in less than a week

StructureCraft, an engineer-led fabricator of innovative timber structures, reinvents the industrial building typology with their facility in Abbotsford. The prefabricated facility, built from a simple kit of parts composed of glue-laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams, tall wood walls, and wood roof panels, was erected in just five days, demonstrating a cost-effective method of constructing an attractive industrial building. The facility includes a manufacturing plant for dowel-laminated timber (DLT), and open-concept offices where designers, engineers, estimators, and fabricators work collaboratively on custom mass-timber structures, from concept and modelling to fabrication and installation.  

Reinventing the industrial building as a sustainable all-timber deconstructable structure

As a sustainable alternative to concrete tilt-up construction, its prefabricated wall and roof panels showcase the variety of cutting-edge mass-timber and engineered wood products that the facility itself designs and assembles for projects around the world. In addition to DLT, these include laminated strand lumber (LSL), nail-laminated timber (NLT), and glulam. 

Our team aimed to develop a signature structure that would expand on what’s possible with wood. Not only was a cost-effective industrial building quickly and efficiently built, but this project showcases the advantages of building with engineered wood for the industrial buildings of tomorrow.

Lucas Epp, Vice President and Head of Engineering, StructureCraft

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