Brock Commons Tallwood House
Structural Award for Construction Innovation
The 50th Annual Structural Awards winners and commendations were announced on 17 November at a ceremony in London, with representatives of Fast + Epp on hand to receive the top award in the Construction Innovation category for Brock Commons Tallwood House. The awards program is the industry’s most prestigious organization that represents structural engineers worldwide. The judges were unanimous in their admiration for the fresh approach that was taken across design and detailing, which has developed an economic new hybrid system for high rise structures and set a new precedent for what can be economically achieved in predominantly timber structures.
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.
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.
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.