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UBC Tops Out World’s Tallest Wood-Frame Building

Under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey Campus, the $51.1 million Brock Commons Student Residence in Vancouver is now the world’s tallest wood framed building.

The UBC student housing tower, a design collaboration by Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects and Structural Engineer Fast + Epp, rises 18 stories high and reaches a stunning 178.8 (53 meters) tall.

It is the first mass wood, steel, and concrete hybrid project taller than 14 stories in the world. The building has a concrete podium and two concrete cores, with 17 stories of cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns. The cladding for the façade is made with 70% wood fibre.

With the structure and cladding now complete, the construction will now turn to completing the building’s interior elements, with completion scheduled for early May 2017, approximately four months (18% faster than standard high rise projects). The building is targeting LEED Gold Certification.

The building is expected to house 404 students in 33 four-bedroom units and 272 studio units in September 2017.

Jim Carr, Canada’s Ministor of Natural Resources says in a media release issued by UBC, “This remarkable building, the first of its kind in the world, is another shining example of Canadian ingenuity and innovation, an apt demonstration of how Canada’s forest industry is finding new opportunities through technology and innovation – opening up a world of possibilities for our forest and construction industries.”

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