Podcast with Ray Wolfe of Thinkspace Architecture on designing wood schools

Crawford Bay Elementary
Photo credit: Witmar Abele, KMBR Architects Planners Inc.

In this special episode of the Construction Record podcast, Ray Wolfe, an architect and partner at Thinkspace Architecture Planning Interior Design discusses “Design Options for Three and Four-Storey Wood School Buildings in British Columbia,” a report prepared by Thinkspace and Fast + Epp for the Canadian Wood Council and Wood Works! BC.

Wolfe discusses the need for taller wood-based institutional buildings like schools particularly in cities like Vancouver where real estate is at a premium. Wolfe also goes into the other benefits of wood construction both for schools and other buildings and the progress made as wood becomes a more prevalent choice for the construction of many different types of structures.

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Interior afternoon view of low rise Crawford Bay Elementary-Secondary School library showing abundant use of wood, including window frames, wall paneling, ceiling paneling, and additional millwork
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