Brock Commons Phase 1
Mass Wood Structure Completed
The mass wood structure at Brock Commons has been completed in just 66 days. The last CLT panel was placed on the 18th floor on August 9th and the last glulam columns were erected the following day, marking a major project milestone for the world’s tallest mass timber building. Construction of the mass wood structure began on June 6th and was completed on August 10th. Construction of the steel roof structure is now underway.
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.