This adaptive rejuvenation of the 1970s municipal hall and library makes inventive use of laminated strand lumber, a highly sustainable, locally sourced material made of fast-growing aspen or poplar.
The large-scale panelized mass-timber structure forms a civic gathering space centered on a light-filled, sixty-seven-metre-long atrium, which provides public service counters for the various municipal departments. The renovation also included a conversion of the existing library into staff offices and meeting space.
The long panels are fabricated into box beams, within which electrical and other services are hidden from view. The material is often concealed by drywall, but here is left exposed and given a clear finish. At sundown, the atrium’s rectilinear volume glows warmly, showcasing its wood structure as it floats out over the facility’s main entrance while symbolizing a commitment to civic engagement.