Brock Commons Phase 1
Tall Wood Growing Quickly
After only six weeks of construction the mass wood structure for Brock Commons has reached the 11th of 18 storeys with eight levels of prefabricated facade installed. After a modest start of just one floor in week 1, required to precisely locate and set the glulam columns, erection of the wood structure and prefabricated facade has moved along at a lively pace of two or more storeys per week. Installation of a concrete topping at each floor level and gypsum board encapsulation has also been proceeding quickly.
Prefabricated Panel Production
For the UBC Brock Commons student residence, the facade is made up of 22 prefabricated panels with typical panels measuring 8m in length. There are four distinct L-shaped corner panels with corner-wrapping windows. The prefab panels are made up of steel stud framed sections with pre-installed windows and a high-pressure laminate cladding consisting of 70% wood-based fibers and thermosetting resins. Once placed, the prefab panels create a pattern of blonde wood and charcoal-coloured vertical striations. A single storey of the prefab panels can be installed in less than one day.
Site Tour with Honourable James Carr
Russell Acton met with the Honourable James Carr, Minister of Natural Resources Canada during his visit to the Brock Commons Student Residence site on July 4th. NRCAN has supported the construction of the building with a capital contribution of $2.33M to offset the innovation or ‘first time’ cost of the research, technical design and construction of a tall wood building. The project has been moving at a rapid pace with 6 storeys of mass wood structure and 4 storeys of prefabricated building enclosure being erected in under one month. When completed, Brock Commons will be the tallest contemporary wood building in the world at 53 meters and 18 storeys.
Lieutenant Governor Award
York House Senior School received a Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Award in Architecture at the 2016 AIBC Architectural Awards Reception held at the Vancouver Convention Centre on May 18, 2016.
Each year, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia showcases the best in architecture from the AIBC community through its awards program. York House Senior School has previously been recognized with a Best of Canada Award and a City of Vancouver Urban Design Award.