The use of solid mass timber panels is an effective option for institutional buildings considering sustainability and performance. Speed of construction is also advanced through the use of prefabricated wood panels. With the Qualicum Beach Fire Hall, the roof panels were erected in only seven days allowing for the roof membrane to be installed much earlier in the construction process.
The new fire hall serves as the headquarters of the Qualicum Beach Fire Department, and is designed to meet the needs of both career and volunteer personnel. The building includes four tandem drive-through bays, with related apparatus storage, decontamination area, hose tower, workshop, and locker and change facilities.
Designed to post-disaster standards, which require the structure to resist seismic loads 50% higher than those for regular buildings, Qualicum Beach Fire Hall was constructed using a concrete slab on grade, with dimensional lumber for its wood-frame vertical structure, and laminated veneer lumber panels for its upper floor and roof systems.