Brock Commons Tallwood House

February 2017

Mass Wood for the Masses

Russell Acton, Design Principal of the Brock Commons Tallwood House, will be presenting “Mass Wood for the Masses” at the Ottawa Wood Conference by Wood WORKS! Ontario of Canadian Wood Council on February 15, 2017.

When completed in Spring 2017, the 18 storey Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, will be the tallest contemporary mass wood building in the world. Utilizing a highly collaborative integrated design process, this first-of-its-kind project quickly advanced from concept to construction in just ten months. To gain approval from authorities without the need to test new mass wood assemblies, the project team employed a “Keep it Simple” design approach that featured encapsulation of the mass timber structure to achieve required fire protection ratings, which also assisted with schedule and cost control. Learn how Brock Commons aspires to be a model for a future that features extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings for the masses.

Russell will also be speaking at the Mass Timber Conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 30, 2017 and subsequently at the OAA/RAIC Festival of Architecture 2017 in May.

UBC Aquatic Centre

January 2017

Project Opening

The new UBC Aquatic Centre is completed and local media is invited to tour the new facility this week. A collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects, the state-of-the-art $40-million complex opens to the public on January 23, 2017.

More photographs can be viewed on the project page.

The Duke

December 2016

Construction Update

Construction of The Duke is well underway. With the penthouse level concrete poured, there are only two more levels to go. Located near a busy transit-oriented node in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, the 14-storey, 13,145 square metre, mixed-use project includes 201 rental units with ground floor retail housed in a unique building typology that is new to Vancouver.

Scheduled for completion in mid 2017, The Duke was designed under the City of Vancouver’s Rental 100 Secured Market Rental Housing Policy and is targeted for LEED Gold certification.

UBC Aquatic Centre

December 2016

Occupancy Ahead of Schedule

The UBC Aquatic Centre has received partial provisional occupancy two weeks ahead of schedule. Training for staff and lifeguards can now get underway in preparation for the facility to open for the public early in the New Year.

The design is a collaboration of MJMA (MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects) and Acton Ostry Architects.

More construction progress photographs can be viewed on the project page.