Pacific Autism Family Centre

Type of Building
Education, Health
5,600 sq. m.
NSDA Architects
Structural Engineer
Fast + Epp
Construction Manager
Ventana Construction Corporation
Project Owner
Pacific Autism Family Centre Foundation
Wood Supplier
Redbuilt™ (TJI), Western Archrib
Glue-laminated timber (glulam), Laminated veneer lumber (LVL), Lumber, Nail-laminated timber (NLT), Plywood, Paneling, Siding

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.

Larry Adams, Principal NSDA Architects

Project Overview

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.

Wood Use

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.