Case Studies

Wood in Transportation

Wood in public spaces and transportation

The use of wood construction in public spaces and transportation is a growing trend in British Columbia and across Canada.

British Columbia has long been recognized as a transportation hub and a pivotal point for the movement of goods between North America and the Pacific Rim. Advances in engineered wood products, manufacturing techniques, and fire behaviour modelling have made wood in its various forms a viable material for use in large-scale buildings and non-traditional applications. With a growing portfolio of successful institutional and commercial projects, the province’s wood industry is now an acknowledged world leader.

Brentwood Skytrain Station
Photo credit: Tae Ik Hwang
Wood in Transportation Case Study

naturally:wood presents a study in structural design and transportation featuring the Brentwood Town Centre Station, Lansdowne Station, and the Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge. Perkins&Will (architects) and Fast + Epp (engineers) take us through their journey of concept and design for these public spaces, to construction.

Large arching nail laminated timber (NLT) beams supporting a wooden ceiling are prominent features in this interior view of the City of Burnaby's Brentwood Town Centre Transit station
Brentwood Town Centre Station

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Aberdeen Canada Line Station interior with wood detail ceiling in daytime
Aberdeen Canada Line Station

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Lansdowne Canada Line Station in evening with wood detail ceiling, pot lights and skytrain in station. Escalator in foreground.
Lansdowne Canada Line Station

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Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station exterior with vaulted exterior structure cover
Richmond-Brighouse Canada Line Station

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Glue-laminated timber (Glulam), and decorative plywood ceiling paneling bring structure and warmth to this daytime exterior view of the Prince George Airport Expansion entrance roof
Prince George Airport Expansion

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Exterior nightime view of Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge showing double-curved glue-laminated timber (glulam) arch with walkway suspended by steel cables below
Kingsway Pedestrian Bridge

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Princeton Bridge of Dreams

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Exterior sunny daytime view of covered entrance to lowrise Campbell River Airport Expansion showing glulam 'arch' structures which support a large glass canopy that creates an outdoor entry room
Campbell River Airport Expansion

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