Join award-winning designers in an evening of storytelling around the art of furniture making

Hosted by Western Living (WL) magazine, designers Toby Barratt, Brent Comber and Kate Duncan join WL editorial director Anicka Quin on January 29 at True Confessions of a Furniture Maker. They will share their insights on the process of custom design, including expertise around installations, working with other trades as well as awareness of code and safety issues.

Learn more about this event, including registration

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.

Brock Commons - Code Compliance

Brock Commons Tallwood House is one of the University’s five high-rise, mixed-use, residential complexes that provide housing for students while acting as academic and recreational hubs for the campus community. The hubs are all of similar programming and urban design, however the Brock Commons building is unique in the use of a mass timber hybrid structure.

Introduction to Lateral Design of Wood Structures for Building Officials

This workshop is specifically for Building Officials who work in high seismic zones such as the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. In direct consultation and at the request of the Building Officials' Association of BC, the Canadian Wood Council and Wood WORKS! BC have tailored this workshop to meet the needs of building officials faced with administering the ever-increasing numbers of building permits needing lateral design engineering.

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Delta Vancouver Airport Hotel

3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond, BC

Breakfast & Registration: 8:00am

New Case Study: Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Construction in B.C.

In cities across North America, the low-density sprawl that has characterized development since the mid-20th century is giving way to a growing landscape of mid-rise buildings; five- to six-storey structures thatare more environmentally sustainable and cost effective because of their increased density while still blending with existing neighbourhoods and helping to create livable communities that accommodate growing urban populations.

Mass Timber Website

Signature buildings, research and exchange between design communities, including industry, universities, regulatory officials and research academics from around the world, are identifying a range of technical information that supports new applications under alternative or innovative solutions paths in design standards and building codes.

21st Century Wood Design and Construction Solutions Wood Symposium

This is a comprehensive one-day international symposium designed to inspire and educate senior architects, structural engineers, design and construction professionals about how new technologies in wood products have opened the door to uncharted and unconventional design possibilities. World-class experts and industry leaders will present the research currently taking place, outline innovative wood applications as well as highlight some mass timber projects constructed in other parts of the globe.

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

Symposium Sessions: 8:15am - 4:45pm

An Introduction to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, British Columbia is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014. The six-storey plus mechanical penthouse structure will include research facilities and classroom space for the University of Northern BC as well as office space for future tenants.

When completed, the WIDC will be the tallest contemporary wood building in North America, building on B.C.'s expertise and global reputation as an innovative leader in wood construction, engineered wood products and design.


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