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.
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.
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.
Do you know of any exceptional wood structures completed in the last 3 years?
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.
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.
Developers, local governments and construction officials alike can learn about how to increase innovation in construction. A recent report published by the British Columbia Construction Association uses mass timber as a case study for innovation to demonstrate how the procurement process can spur new technologies and processes.
Addressing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from buildings and infrastructure is a key component of the global fight against climate change. In addition to the current focus on operational GHG emissions, this increasingly involves considering embodied GHG emissions (commonly referred to as “embodied carbon”). Embodied carbon in construction refers to the GHG emissions associated with the manufacturing, maintenance, and decommissioning of a structure.
Construction of the mass timber structure at the University of British Columbia’s Brock Commons Tallwood House took about nine weeks —two month ahead of schedule.
The average speed of the mass timber erection and envelope installation was two floors per week. This included the columns and CLT panels, encapsulation of the wood components with gypsum board, the pouring of a concrete topping, and installation of the envelope panels.
Construction of Brock Commons Tallwood House is now complete with many lessons learned. It is currently the tallest contemporary mass timber hybrid structures in the world at 18 storeys in height.
To support the advancement of tall wood buildings, a specialized educational presentation is now available, providing a specific focus on Brock Commons Tallwood House including the use of mass timber in construction and an overview of the design and construction processes.
The presentation is made up of several modules, including: