The Askew’s Uptown Supermarket was the first phase of a planned development to serve the growing population of Salmon Arm. The building achieved its goals of sustainability, showcasing the community’s connection to forestry, and usage of local tradespeople. The inclusion of local wood products was maximized with the wood products sourced from various regional mills. Local labour was used to construct the nail-laminated timber components as it does not require complex off-site machinery.
Nail-laminated timber (NLT) box panels were chosen to attain the architectural goal of a floating roof. The panels consist of 2x12 wood joists spaced evenly apart. The joist spacings are filled with alternating 2x4 and 2x6 lumber, creating a corrugated ceiling. The panels were sheathed with plywood on top, leaving the large sloping wood roof exposed. Concrete columns, steel beams and steel tubular branches support the featured wood roof.