Three buildings in southern British Columbia offer insights into how industrial construction might evolve to offer greater environmental performance as well as speed and flexibility when employing mass timber products and systems.
The Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C. has one of the tallest wood-framed modular student housing complexes in the country. Completed earlier this year, the five-story Jacobson Hall has added housing for about 220 students.
ACDF Architecture and Architecture49, in partnership with IBI Group, have constructed PARQ in Vancouver, an urban oasis featuring a 6689-m² (72,000-sf) casino, two luxury hotels, eight restaurants, a fitness centre, spa, a 2787-m² (30,000-sf) rooftop park, and 5574 m² (60,000 sf) of meeting and event space.
The recently-opened Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) in Edmonton wins the 2018 Canadian Design-Build Institute (CDBI) Design-Build Award of Excellence in the buildings category. The Vedder Bridge Replacement Project in Chilliwack, British Columbia, won in the major structural project category.
Government institutions are increasingly recognizing the role the Passive House standard can play in effectively reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are beginning to introduce it into their requirements and codes for all types of new buildings. British Columbia is leading the way.