Virtuoso is a 10,000m2, six-storey residential condominium building located in the Wesbrook Village neighbourhood on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building is the tenth project to be constructed by developer Adera at UBC, and the first to use a hybrid system of light wood-frame and mass timber construction. The six-storeys of wood sit on top of a two-storey underground parking garage that is constructed in concrete building.
Virtuoso departs from the traditional wood-frame construction typical of multi-family residential buildings by introducing CLT panels in place of the more familiar wood I-joist and plywood floors. CLT is also used for the walls of the elevator shafts, the structural roof deck and exterior balconies.
“Adera is the first developer to adopt the innovative mass timber technology with the Crosslam CLT panels that make up the floors and ceilings of Virtuoso. The installation of this CLT technology is positively disrupting the future of residential development in Vancouver and around the world. It’s faster to assemble, cost effective, safer on-site and produces a lower carbon footprint compared to concrete and steel”.
Eric Andreasen, Vice President
Sales & Marketing, Adera