Designing today’s school buildings demand economically and environmentally sustainable solutions that can simultaneously create safe and inspiring learning environments for educating our youth. This report considers the varying capacities in which wood can meet or exceed those demands as a building material for structural and non-structural applications.
Photo: Ed White | Mulgrave School, West Vancouver, B.C.
Wood is versatile, resilient and renewable, making it an excellent choice to build or renovate schools. It can be less expensive than other major building materials, and studies show it creates safe, healthy and inspiring learning environments. By choosing wood construction, B.C. school districts can demonstrate a commitment to climate action and the environmental future of their students through designs that meet or exceed demanding energy-efficiency requirements.
It’s back to school season, and the conversation is turning to school design. Increasingly B.C. is using wood in schools, which support improved performance, productivity and overall well-being of occupants. Find out how schools boards in B.C. are using wood in educational buildings using the naturally:wood Project Gallery – enhanced with new filters and an interactive map to help target your search.
A recent blog post by Perkins+Will discusses how they were early adopters of innovative uses of wood during the design and construction of numerous skytain stations across metro Vancouver. Read the blog post to learn more about their decision to use wood, and how it has influenced Vancouver's transit system over time.
Forestry jobs continue to be a promising and rewarding career choice for British Columbians. To encourage young people in the interior of BC to choose a professional, technical or trades career in the forest sector, the Council of Forest Industries will be awarding ten $1,500 entrance scholarship to students planning to attend an interior post-secondary institutions in the fall of 2018 or the second semester of 2019.
The 2017 Wood Solutions Conference takes place today at the Vancouver Convention Centre, presented by Wood WORKS! BC and the Canadian Wood Council.
This interactive educational event showcases the latest innovations and trends in architectural and structural wood design.
Students are now living in Brock Commons Tallwood House, the world’s tallest mass timber hybrid building at the University of British Columbia. Located in Vancouver, B.C., the student residence has proven the case for tall wood buildings.
Watch our latest videos on Brock Commons to learn about the benefits of building with wood, and to see how the wood structure went up just over nine weeks.
Registration is now open for Wood Week BC 2017, taking place in Vancouver. Comprised of four dynamic events over 10 days, the program will focus on innovation in wood design, building and manufacturing with a range of educational, touring and networking opportunities. To learn more or to register, visit woodweekbc.com.
This CEU provides a high-level overview of wood-frame construction systems -- balloon, platform, and semi-balloon framing -- as well as mass timber product applications such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), glue-laminated timber (glulam), and laminated strand lumber(LSL).