The Earth Systems Science Building, UBC

The University of British Columbia’s Earth Sciences Building has an extensive and innovative use of cross laminated timber.

The facility has two five-storey wings connected by an atrium, and provides modern learning spaces for earth sciences students and leading-edge laboratories for researchers.

A five-storey cantilevered staircase in the atrium built entirely of solid timber is the first of its kind in the world. Being column free, the staircase is a captivating work of art. The building has a hybrid floor system of wood and concrete that is lighter than solid concrete and provides excellent sound absorption.

Earth Sciences Building (ESB), University of British Columbia
Photo credit: Don Erhardt