Brock Commons Tallwood House

November 2017

Future of Structures Podcast

Listen to the latest podcast Future of Structures, an interview with Russell Acton, Design Principal of Brock Commons Tallwood House at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Find out why mass timber was used in the design, technical hurdles in the construction of Brock Commons, and discussion on the future of massive timber construction.

Brock Commons Tallwood House

November 2017

Extraordinarily Ordinary Mass Timber Tower

At 18 storeys and 53 meters in height, Brock Commons Tallwood House is currently the world’s tallest mass timber tower. Extraordinary for its height, the building is also extraordinary for the speed at which the timber structure and prefabricated facade went up in only 66 days. At 2,233 cubic meters, the building utilizes an extraordinary amount of timber that stores an impressive 1,753 metric tons of carbon dioxide and avoids production of 679 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Key to receiving approvals and realizing economic viability for the timber tower was a “keep it simple” design approach that makes the building appear ordinary—extraordinarily ordinary—through the encapsulation of the wood structure with gypsum board. Check out the latest architectural photography of the completed project.

National Soccer Development Centre

November 2017

Architectural Photography of Completed Facility

Check out the architectural photography of the recently completed National Soccer Development Centre, new home and training base for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the UBC Thunderbirds Varsity men’s and women’s soccer teams.

UBC Aquatic Centre

October 2017

Athletic Business Facilities of Merit

The UBC Aquatic Centre has been named one of 10 projects in this year’s Athletic Business Facilities of Merit awards. Congratulations to the project team! The design of the UBC Aquatic Centre is a collaboration of MJMA & Acton Ostry Architects.