Brock Commons Tallwood House Virtual Tour

Brock Commons Tallwood House is an innovative tall wood student residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). At the time of completion, it was the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structure of its kind in the world standing at 18 storeys (54 meters) in height.

UBC’s building requirements reflect the university’s commitment to sustainability. Wood, a renewable material, was chosen in part to reflect this commitment, and the building was also designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. Construction demonstrated that the mass timber hybrid structural system is economically viable, repeatable and adaptable to other building types and uses. Using a crew of nine, the mass timber construction was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components arrived on site, approximately two months faster than a typical project of this size.

Extensive construction planning and detailed coordination of the prefabricated elements and installation activities all contributed to a successful project, proving the case for tall wood buildings.

Brock Commons Tallwood House
Photo credit: Michael Elkan Photography

Explore a virtual tour of the main floor

Explore a virtual tour of the 18th Floor

Brock Commons Tallwood House

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Exterior view of completed MEC Headquarters building which features mass timber construction, prefabrication, hybrid wood, and tall wood design
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Exterior daytime view of Samuel Brighouse Elementary showing students, multi-storey entrance, and demonstrating mass timber and hybrid timber construction
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Exterior ground up night time view of completed and occupied Brock Commons Tallwood House showing prefabricated exterior wall panels and warm glowing lights from within
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Construction drone view of Brock Commons Tallwood House cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor panels being set on parallel strand lumber (PSL) and glue-laminated timber (glulam) columns with crane
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Close up mid construction view of Brock Commons Tallwood House focused on glue-laminated timber (Glulam) columns and associated steel connectors which allow direct load transfer from cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor panels
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Construction drone view of Brock Commons Tallwood House showing construction workers placing light weight cross members in preparation for cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor panels to be set in place
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