With wood we have found a cost conscious solution that fits naturally into its forested surroundings and shows visible support of the forest products industry in B.C.
This new 2,100 square metre facility is located on the outskirts of Port Alberni, B.C. It brings together the provincial electrical utility's indoor and outdoor workers for the first time under a single unifying roof—a metaphoric bridge connecting these historically independent departments. Located in Canada's highest seismic zone, and required to function as a post-disaster operations centre, the building has been designed for strength, flexibility and durability.
The roof structure is a hybrid of wood and steel, with open web steel joists used in the warehouse portion of the building. The office portion consists of a braced, steel frame supporting glue-laminated timber beams of 175mm x 608mm on the main column lines. These in turn support 130mm x 532 mm glulam purlins which are cross-braced by solid, fir members. The interior features vertical grain fir for the doors and millwork, and custom western red cedar slatted ceilings.