Thompson Rivers University Law School

November 17, 2014

The 400-foot-long roof at the Thompson Rivers University۪s (TRU۪s) campus in Kamloops, British Columbiatransformed this insipid building into a centerpiece for the 250-acre campus, which overlooks the confluence of the north and south branches of the 304-mile-long Thompson River.

Timber was chosen for the roof because of British Columbia۪s strong logging industry and the First Nations۪ long use of wood in construction. The roof۪s glulam timber frame is supported by wood purlins made of trees that were killed by the invasive pine beetles that are ravaging forests throughout the province. It۪s a very green and sustainable way to reuse something that is [otherwise] a waste material, Schmitt says.

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