The use of wood in our previous BC Hydro Operations Centre in Port Alberni has been positively received by building users and maintenance personnel alike. This has encouraged both the client and the design team to be more adventurous on this project.
Maple Ridge, a suburban municipality on the eastern outskirts of Metro Vancouver, has experienced rapid population growth over the past few years. With this growth has come an increased demand for new infrastructure to service new residential development. BC Hydro, the provincial electrical utility, commissioned this building as a base for the crews who provide operations and maintenance support to new and existing infrastructures for the delivery of electricity.
The wood structure for the curved roof was developed in consultation with the fabricator and installer. The high-bay industrial areas are clear-spanned with manufactured composite bow-shaped trusses made up of a 215 mm x 608 mm, curved, glulam top chord and hollow square section steel tensile members. This roof also covers the external vehicle and equipment storage areas at the west end of the building. The office area roof is framed with similar 215 mm x 608 mm curved glulam beams, some of which are exposed on the exterior of the building to become trellis framing and/or shading elements.