NSCU Environmental Learning Centre: A Natural Approach to Learning

The North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School (NVOS) located in Brackendale near Squamish, British Columbia.

The ELC is constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is a large, multi-layer wooden panel made of lumber, and engineered for strength through laminations of different layers placed cross-wise to the adjacent layers. The centre also features a glulam column and beam super-structure made from engineered timbers consisting of wood laminations that are bonded together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal structural component.

Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction. Wood is more than a building material; it’s a renewable and responsible choice.

North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre
Photo credit: Michael Elkan Photography