Innovation

Brock Commons - Performance Overview

This performance overview of the 18-storey Brock Commons Tallwood House at UBC assesses a wide range of factors:

  • Structural elements
  • Building systems
  • Building envelope
  • Durability
  • Moisture protection
  • Fire

By also including a cost analysis, an environmental impact analysis and an assessment of inhabitant comfort, the case study demonstrates that taller wood buildings like Brock Commons can be built economically while also delivering community and environmental benefits.

B.C. douglas-fir glulam beams used at the CEPT University Workshop in Ahmedabad, India

B.C.’s wood product technology and building expertise helped build the recently completed Centre of Excellence Workshop, a 13,000 sq ft building that houses workshops for students of architecture and design at CEPT University in Ahmedabad, India. The building features a mix of coastal and interior species from B.C. in both structural and appearance applications and is one of the first large-scale commercial demonstration in India to use long-span glulam beams.

 

B.C.-based firm receives international recognition for Audain Art Museum in Whistler

Patkau Architects, a Vancouver firm led by John and Patricia Patkau, has recently won the prestigious 2018 American Institute of Architects (AIA) award. With only eight awarded to innovative projects this year, Patkau was the only Canadian firm to receive the award for their work on the museum that showcases the collection of philanthropist Michael Audain. Incorporating wood as a principle element throughout the design, the museum brings out the natural setting of Whistler where this treasured collection of art resides.

Learn about the latest in wood manufacturing at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing open house

Hosted at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing (CAWP) will open its doors to the wood products community at its annual open house on January 25. It is an innovative opportunity to learn more about the education, training, research, and industry assistance programs offered by CAWP as part of its efforts to promote the success and sustainable growth of Canada’s value-added wood products manufacturing sector.

Terrace House Receives Official Approval

Terrace House—designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and Vancouver-based Francl Architecture—received official approval to expose mass timber in the top seven storeys of a 19-storey mixed-use building. The tall wood structure, owned by PortLiving, will be located in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour and reach 71 metres, making it the tallest hybrid mass timber structure in the world once complete.

Join BC Wood at oneTree workshop and seminar featuring art developed by over 50 local artisans

The oneTree project demonstrates the versatility, beauty and strength generated from a single walnut tree through the art salvaged from its wood. Highlighting the connection between art and nature, a seminar and workshop held today at the Bateman Centre in Victoria, B.C. educates on the benefits for using wood in high-quality design projects.

“There’s quite a bit of economic activity that can be created from a single tree that was considered waste,” says John Lore, founder of oneTree.

Fast+Epp receives International Award for role in Brock Commons Tallwood House

On Nov. 17, the Institution of Structural Engineers announced the winners of the 2017 Structural Awards that recognize the best in global engineering.

Fast+Epp, a B.C. based structural engineering firm, received the award for Construction Innovation for its work on Brock Commons Tallwood House, the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid building in the world. The Construction Innovation award is presented to projects that demonstrate structural engineering excellence in the innovative use of construction materials or processes.

Nail-Laminated Timber Canadian Design and Construction Guide Now Available

Highlighting Canadian innovation and leadership, Canada’s design and construction community now have free access to detailed expert advice available in the Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT) Canadian Design and Construction Guide. Co-edited by architecture and design firm Perkins+Will and structural engineering firm Fast + Epp, this same team produced a similar guide for the U.S. building industry earlier this year.

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