VANCOUVER, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The B.C. forest products industry is
pleased to recognize the openings and events of three wood
demonstration projects in the province this week - North Shore Credit
Union Environmental Learning Centre, Elkford Community Conference
Centre and City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation. The
important innovations demonstrated in each of these milestone projects
are intended to accelerate the adoption of the wood design and
engineering systems not only in B.C., but also nationally and
The wood demonstration projects were selected in July 2010 to expand the
use of wood products by applying traditional products in
non-traditional ways, or creating innovative wood solutions
structurally or architecturally. The demonstration buildings introduce
and showcase new workable wood solutions that have the greatest
potential for commercial viability. The showcasing of innovative wood
products and building systems has been supported by the Government of
British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation
(Forestry Innovation Investment), Wood WORKS! BC, FPInnovations, and BC Wood Specialties Group.
"These outstanding projects demonstrate a blend of leading-edge
international technologies and B.C. design concepts," explained Mary
Tracey, Executive Director, Wood WORKS! BC. "B.C. is entrenching its status as one of the global leaders in
wood design and engineering, and innovative uses of wood applications.
We applaud and thank the provincial government for its vision and
Pat Bell, the Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation with the
Government of British Columbia, congratulated project teams, forest
product suppliers and manufacturers, and the communities on their new
buildings. "The projects are part of the original mandate of the Wood
Enterprise Coalition (WEC) to champion the province's Wood First
Initiative, supporting the movement of innovative products from the lab
to the market and promoting wood education and culture. As part of Canada Starts Here - The BC Jobs Plan, we continue to look for innovative ideas to increase the use of a
renewable B.C. resource, creating new jobs in our province through new
demand for B.C. wood products and expertise."
A common component in all three project innovations is the introduction
of mass timber, which is a paradigm shift in the possibilities for wood
use in construction projects. Mass timber systems are very large,
complete wall, floor and roof sections made from engineered wood
products, and can be used in a variety of building types and sizes.
These products offer significant benefits in terms of fire, acoustic
and structural performance, scale possibilities, rigidity, stability
and construction efficiency. They are a valid alternative to steel and
concrete as they are lighter, more environmentally-friendly and easier
and faster to install.
The demonstration projects also present "multiple function components"
to a new degree, such as floor/ceiling panels that provide a structural
floor, a finished ceiling, vibration control, acoustic dampening and
the integration of services in a single, shipped-to-site,
ready-to-install element. The precision and effectiveness of off-site
prefabrication using automated and inter-networked design/fabrication
technologies is also demonstrated. For example, none of them would have
been achievable without the use of computer-numerically controlled
fabrication equipment that ensured absolute precision of structural
components and connectors.
"The three projects demonstrate that wood is integral to innovative
architecture, design and engineering," added Ms. Tracey. "Building
designers already recognize the economic, social and environmental
benefits of wood, and are now seeing the expanding possibilities for
wood using the leading-edge technologies demonstrated in these building
systems. Wood is clearly a responsible building choice, and we are
excited by the broad range of new possibilities which can address
climate-change and other pressing issues we face in the modern world,"
concluded Ms. Tracey.
North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre
Opening Event on Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The remarkable, new $5.8 million North Shore Credit Union Environmental
Learning Centre, an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School
(NVOS) in Brackendale near Squamish, is an 850-square-metre building
which reflects the environmental principles it espouses. The facility,
set in a magnificent forest with a treehouse aesthetic, includes a
welcoming space, nature gallery, exhibition space, assembly/dining
hall, and classrooms/learning spaces. The building is both energy and
water efficient fitting into the area's ecosystem, and befitting of the
centre's purpose for environmental leadership and learning. Using
structural mass timber construction to conserve energy and reduce the
centre's environmental footprint, it is truly a showcase for wood
The North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre is
constructed with cross-laminated timber, a large multi-layer wooden panel made of lumber, and engineered for
strength through laminations of different layers placed cross-wise to
the adjacent layers. The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) in the
North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre demonstrates the
strength and stiffness of CLT, proving it to be a valid alternative to
concrete and steel, as the panels are lighter, more
environmentally-friendly and easier to install. The centre also
features a glulam column and beam super-structure made from engineered timbers consisting of wood laminations that are
bonded together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal
structural component. This project also demonstrates the effectiveness
of off-site prefabrication using state-of-the-art design/fabrication
technologies, such as computer numerically-controlled equipment to
ensure absolute precision of structural components.
"We used the natural beauty and warmth of the reclaimed Douglas fir roof
structure and exposed glulam beams and columns, to evoke a sense of
familiarity and comfort for the students and teachers. We then clad the
building in vertical cedar slats that were treated with a natural
preservative, to allow the building to slowly weather and take on the
qualities of the surrounding trees. And finally, we developed a system
of structurally reinforced glulam floor beams that were penetrated
allowing the mechanical ducting to be hidden from view, and then used
CLT panels as the structural floor system. The result is a building
that explicitly shows how "wood first" initiatives are not only
achievable, but rather, intrinsic in our realization of a more
satisfying built environment."
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MCFARLAND MARCEAU ARCHITECTS LTD
"Structurlam Products is a proud supplier of all FSC glued laminated
timbers and CLT floor panels to the North Shore Credit Union
Environmental Learning Centre. This LEED Platinum project was a great
example of how well our structural products blend in to a unique
wilderness- type setting. Nothing but wood would even make this a
reality. Congratulations to the people and community of Squamish for a
great building choice!"
Branch Manager - International Sales
Structurlam Products Ltd.
"The aesthetics of the wood inside the building create a seamless
connection to the outside world. With a lighter environmental
footprint, our building speaks the language of its purpose."
Superintendent of Schools & CEO
North Vancouver School District
Elkford Community Conference Centre
Opening event on Thursday, June 21, 2012
Set to become a cultural hub for the 2,500 residents of Elkford, the
beautiful new $6.4 million Elkford Community Conference Centre is
expected to enhance the community's ability to deliver programs and
host functions and events. The 1,800 square metre building features a
visitor information centre, playschool, commercial kitchen, banquet
hall with a stage for the performing arts, multipurpose meeting rooms
as well as historical displays. Using structural wood construction to
conserve energy and reduce the centre's environmental footprint, it is
truly a showcase for wood innovation.
The Elkford Community Conference Centre is constructed with
cross-laminated timber, which is a large multi-layer wooden panel as
large as 10' X 50' made of lumber, and engineered for strength through
laminations of different layers placed cross-wise to the adjacent
layers. The use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) wall panels in the Elkford Community Conference Centre is the
first commercial application in North America. CLT panels are used as
the shear walls to resist the high wind load for the building,
demonstrating CLTs strength and stiffness, and proving it to be a valid
alternative to concrete and steel as the panels are lighter, more
environmentally-friendly and easier to install. This project has also
used glulam and laminated veneer lumber beams supported on the CLT walls or perimeter columns. Glulam is an
engineered wood product comprised of wood laminations that are bonded
together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal
structural component. SIP panels have been used on the roof and external wall cladding due to their
highly efficient insulating property. This project also demonstrates
the effectiveness of off-site prefabrication using state-of-the-art
design/ fabrication technologies, such as computer
numerically-controlled equipment to ensure absolute precision of
"The District of Elkford wanted a signature building that reflected the
optimism of growth in this Resource/Tourism Community in South Eastern
B.C. and incorporating the dynamic forms found in the surrounding
mountains. This project has been designed using pre-manufactured wood
elements and systems to create the structure, building envelope and the
aesthetic in one complete package."
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Douglas Sollows Architect Inc..
"The Elkford Recreation Centre is a showcase project for Structurlam
Products. We supplied the glue-laminated beams and trusses, and the
CLT panels. Structurlam opened its CLT plant one year ago and Elkford
was the first time we supplied CLT wall panels. The building was a
challenge but we are very proud of the result, and wish the District of
Elkford may years of enjoyment from it."
Structurlam Products Ltd.
"The wood use in our new centre provides beautiful aesthetics while
supporting the wood industry and wood innovation in our province. This
building will play a key role in helping our community grow and
prosper, benefitting current and future generations."
Mayor Dean McKerracher, Elkford
City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation
Public celebration event on Saturday, June 23, 2012
The City of North Vancouver's stunning new Civic Centre Renovation is a
770-square-metre space featuring a one-storey atrium connecting the
City Hall to the Library. Visitors are immediately captivated by the
modern aesthetic, with large windows and a central skylight flooding
the airy space with light; and wood generating warmth, beauty and
comfort. The public building is also a showcase for wood innovation,
with state-of-the-art design fabrication behind the roof panel system,
and an inventive new floor system.
The City of North Vancouver Civic Centre Renovation is constructed with Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) roof panel systems. LSL is a process which involves cutting wood
into thin strands which are then glued together using a steam-injection
process. The stranded lumber roof panels provide structural support,
architectural beauty, conceal all electrical and mechanical systems and
absorb sound. The composite floor system consists of glulam post and
beams supporting the concrete floor slab, a first in B.C., Canada and the U.S. This project demonstrates
"multiple function components" at a new level, with ceiling/roof panels
that integrate services in a single easy-to-install element. It also
demonstrates the effectiveness of off-site prefabrication using
state-of-the-art design/fabrication technologies, such as computer
numerically-controlled equipment to ensure absolute precision of
"Linking two aging concrete buildings with the new innovative wood
atrium structure created a new sustainable story for City Hall - a
story of a material grown by the sun and connected to the past, present
and future of the North Vancouver community and economy."
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Michael Green Architecture Inc.
"StructureCraft is pleased to have been involved in the detailing,
fabrication and erection of the LSL roof panels and glulam structure.
The efficient combination of massive timber and careful craftsmanship
really shows off the beauty of wood!"
B. Sc. Eng.
Pre-Construction Manager - City of North Vancouver Civic Centre
Business Development Engineer
"The extensive use of wood in the design of the renovated city hall
provides a warm welcome to our residents. The use of local, renewable
construction materials and connection to the Lonsdale Energy
Corporation district energy system demonstrates the City's strong
commitment to sustainable practices to reduce our greenhouse gas
Mayor Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver
Wood is the only major building material that's renewable, sustainable,
lightweight, strong, cost- effective and helps reduce our carbon
Wood is an excellent environmental choice for any new construction. It
grows naturally, using solar energy. It's renewable and recyclable.
Using wood can reduce our carbon footprint through carbon
Substituting a cubic metre of wood for other construction materials
(concrete, blocks or bricks) results in an average saving of 0.7 to 1.1
tonnes of carbon dioxide. (Source: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon
Management via europeanwood.ca http://europeanwood.ca)
Wood products require the least amount of energy to manufacture, leaving
a lighter carbon footprint.
Wood has superior insulating properties, helping create more
Wood is beautiful, versatile and a strong performer. Innovative new
technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans,
taller walls and higher buildings, and continue to expand the
possibilities for wood use in construction.
Video with caption: "Video: North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre opening event". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20120621_C2542_VIDEO_EN_15401.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20120621_C2542_PHOTO_EN_15401.jpg&clientName=Canadian%20Wood%20Council%20for%20Wood%20WORKS%21%20BC&caption=Video%3A%20North%20Shore%20Credit%20Union%20Environmental%20Learning%20Centre%20opening%20event&title=North%20Shore%20Credit%20Union%20Environmental%20Learning%20Centre%20opening%20event&headline=B%2EC%2E%20forest%20products%20industry%20recognizes%20wood%20demonstration%20project%20openings%20and%20events%20in%20British%20Columbia
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Image with caption: "Mary Tracey, Executive Director of Wood WORKS! BC (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120621_C2542_PHOTO_EN_15339.jpg
Image with caption: "North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre opening event (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120621_C2542_PHOTO_EN_15396.jpg
Image with caption: "North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre: a showcase for wood innovation (CNW Group/Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120621_C2542_PHOTO_EN_15397.jpg
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SOURCE Canadian Wood Council for Wood WORKS! BC
For further information:
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