Vancouver College Redevelopment

February 2017

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Vancouver College recently held a ground breaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of their $36 million campus redevelopment. Construction is now underway on Manrell Hall, a 4,088 square metre Middle School that includes: 18 classrooms; a learning common; informal study space; a dining hall; and an extensive arts space that features digital media and robotics.

Read the full release of the Manrell Hall Ground Breaking below.

Brock Commons Tallwood House

February 2017

Reaching New Heights

Brock Commons Tallwood House student residence at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus was featured in the February issue of the Canadian Architect magazine.

Reaching New Heights by Bruce Haden
The World’s tallest contemporary mass timber building is nearing completion in Vancouver, presenting a pragmatic argument for how mass wood can be used for all types of buildings, from the audacious to the everyday.

Click below to download a PDF or link to the article.

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.