Advancing mass timber systems in Vancouver schools

Seismic design for schools

Advancing mass timber systems in Vancouver schools, A case study by WoodWorks BC examines the design and construction of two of the first Vancouver schools that use mass timber as their primary construction system: wək̓ʷan̓əs tə syaqʷəm Elementary School and Bayview Elementary School.

The two schools, both seismic replacements, were part of a pilot project by the Vancouver School Board aimed to assess the potential for expanding the use of mass timber in future school projects.

Topics include

  • Overview of the challenges.
  • Lessons learned.
  • Considerations for mass timber schools.


Advancing mass timber systems in Vancouver schools

This case study by WoodWorks BC documents the opportunities, challenges faced and lessons learned from two Vancouver schools that incorporated mass timber as part of their seismic replacement program.

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