The tallest mass timber building in the world is completed at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus. The 18-storey student residence building provides housing for 404 students with a mix of studio and quad units, as well as social and study amenity spaces.

The structure is a hybrid system comprised of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors and concrete cores. Completed in 2017, Brock Commons stands 53 metres tall.

The building will connect to the UBC District Energy System and is on target to achieve LEED Gold certification.

To learn more about the project:
– listen to the podcast interview on World Architecture News
– read the articles on Canadian Architect and Fire Fighting in Canada
– view the naturally:wood comprehensive case studies, fact sheets and videos.
Chapter 1: Project Overview
Chapter 2: Design Process
Chapter 3: Construction Process

mass wood structure completed in 66 days
construction progress: May 2017

construction progress: May 2017

quad unit

quad unit

cornice

cornice

west aerial

west aerial

glulam column installation

glulam column installation

CLT panel installation

CLT panel installation

mass wood structure

mass wood structure

prefab facade placement

prefab facade placement

prefab panel production

prefab panel production

CLT to core connection

CLT to core connection

CLT spline connection

CLT spline connection

construction progress: May 2017

construction progress: May 2017

quad unit

quad unit

CLT panel lift

CLT panel lift

CLT panel placement

CLT panel placement

glulam column bracing

glulam column bracing

CLT panel installation

CLT panel installation

exposed wood

exposed wood

encapsulated wood

encapsulated wood

prefab panel production

prefab panel production

concrete cores and wood structure

concrete cores and wood structure