Podcast with Ray Wolfe and Nick Bevilacqua

Ray Wolfe and Nick Bevilacqua discuss wood solutions in British Columbia schools

Listen to the Construction Record’s Warren Frey speaking with Ray Wolfe, partner at Thinkspace Architecture Planning Interior Design Ltd. and Fast + Epp managing principal Nick Bevilacqua about the benefits of using wood in schools and how British Columbia is leading innovations in wood design and other benefits. Bevilacqua and Wolfe also touched on the wellness and biophilic aspects of wood construction and the lower carbon footprint using wood offers; as well as other key topics covered in the recently published report authored by both firms Wood use in British Columbia schools.

The interview covers a lot of ground including

  • Policy changes and government programs accelerating the adoption of wood and mass timber products.
  • Forward-thinking attitude towards using local, renewable products.
  • Performance approach to building code.
  • Advantages of prefabrication and building information modelling applied to school design.
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Cover page of Mass Timber in Schools report, with two school render images.
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Wood In Schools Report Cover Page.
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