Jacobson Hall - Trinity Western University Student Housing

Type of Building
Education, Residential
5,145 sq. m.
BR2 Engineering
Structural Engineer
CanStruct Engineering Group
Construction Manager
Metric Modular
Project Owner
Trinity Western University
Wood Supplier
Cross-laminated timber (CLT), Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Lumber

One of our goals is to provide attractive, comfortable and affordable housing that will foster an environment to promote the success of our students. This new residence helps to accomplish that.

Scott Fehrenbacher, Senior Vice President, External Relations Trinity Western University

Project Overview

Enrollment has been steadily growing at Trinity Western University (TWU), a private Christian liberal arts university in Langley, but they only had on-campus housing available for less than 25 percent of their 4,000 students. TWU built a woodframed modular student housing complex that was the tallest of its kind in Canada at the time it was constructed in 2018. Jacobson Hall was built in just nine months, adding beds for another 220 students.

Wood Use

Jacobson Hall was framed completely with wood, and contained 90 modules; all were 3.7 metres wide, but lengths varied from 9.8 to 18.9 metres. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) was used to frame the elevator shaft; modules then connected to either side of the CLT structure.

Each of TWU’s 90 modules took about 14 days to complete, a process Metric Modular says is approximately 50 percent faster than conventional construction. Once each unit was assembled, it was shipped by truck to TWU’s campus and craned into place. Requiring five to 10 workers on site at any given time during craning, it took just 11 days to construct the first three floors.