The Elkford Community Conference Centre was the first commercial application of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in North America. The innovative building is a cultural hub for the 3,000 residents of Elkford, enhancing the community’s ability to deliver programs and host functions and events. Using structural wood construction to conserve energy and reduce the Centre’s environmental footprint, it is a showcase for wood innovation.
CLT panels were used as the shear walls to resist the high wind load for the building, demonstrating CLT's strength and stiffness. The project also used glue-laminated timber (glulam) and laminated veneer lumber beams supported on the CLT walls or perimeter columns. Structural insulated panels were used on the roof and external wall cladding due to their highly efficient insulating property.