From time out of mind, Tsleil-Waututh,the People of the Inlet I have relied upon the land and water resources of their traditional territory. As the Nation‚ new seat of government, the Administration and Health Centre continues this tradition by using as much local timber and other natural resources as possible to build a sustainable and resilient reflection of the Tsleil-Waututh community and environment.
When completed in late 2017, the Tsleil-Waututh Administration and Health Centre will become a hub for the Nation's administration, governance, health and social services. In addition it will serve as a centre for cultural and social engagements, while also preserving official records and historical artifacts. With its comprehensive program, the new building represents the first phase in the implementation of a new centralized community campus.
Wood features prominently throughout the building, both in the primary and secondary structure, and in the finishes. The main roof structure is comprised of nail laminated spruce-pine-fir panels supported on Douglas fir glue-laminated timber beams. Both panels and beams use local material and were prefabricated in British Columbia. The curves were achieved using thin laminations of Douglas fir pressed into three different profiles, the longest being 33 metres in length.