The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is a six-storey, 29.25-metre-high structure—making it one of the tallest contemporary wood buildings in North America.
The primary structure is 100% wood and showcases PCL’s expertise and global reputation as a leader in design and construction of large-scale wood buildings.
The structural concept used is a “dry construction” design, virtually eliminating the use of concrete above grade. Much engineering knowledge went into ensuring that the wood achieved the necessary rigidity, fire resistance, and acoustic resistance without the help of concrete. This concept also allows the wood structure to be highlighted and exposed as the final ceiling finish. Dry systems help with the end-of-life story of the project, as the building can be disassembled at the end of its functional life and the wood products repurposed.
The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Canada’s Green University, is the main tenant, which provides a fitting home for UNBC’s Master of Engineering program in Integrated Wood Design. Graduates will lead the world in the construction of new wood structures that will be both sustainable and healthy, illustrating the benefits of wood construction for healthy ecosystems and communities.
The project is LEED Gold Certified.