We wanted to use wood and its inherent warmth and beauty to reinforce the welcoming atmosphere we were trying to create for people and families living with Autism. In addition, we are firm believers that wood, if properly managed, is a natural, renewable product for the long term.
The primary purpose of the Pacific Autism Family Centre (PAFC) is to consolidate state-of-the-art resources and research into a 'knowledge hub' to better address the growing challenge of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in British Columbia. The PAFC will be connected to smaller satellite facilities in a network designed to build capacity for learning, assessment, treatment and support services for individuals and families across the province.
On this project, the choice of wood met all the design criteria; offering a cost effective structural solution with long spans that could accommodate future reconfiguration should the needs of autism research and treatment change.