UBC Aquatic Centre
Pool Tank Testing
Testing of the pool tanks is underway at the new UBC Aquatic Centre. Flood testing of the 25m lap pool is complete and now the substantial task of tiling the pool has begun. Further flood testing will take place with the leisure pool up next. Tiling is also underway in the change rooms, following which lockers and cubicles will be installed. The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.
The new Aquatic Centre is scheduled to open early in 2017.
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.