Qualicum Beach Fire Hall

Type of Building
Civic & Institutional
Location
Qualicum Beach
Size
1,674 sq. m.
Architect
Johnson Davidson Architecture + Planning Inc.
Completion
2015
Structural Engineer
Herold Engineering
Construction Manager
Windley Contracting Ltd.
Project Owner
Town of Qualicum Beach
Wood Supplier
Brisco Manufacturing Ltd.

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.

Kimberly Johnston, Principal Johnston Davidson Architecture + Planning Inc.

Project Overview

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.

Wood Use

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.