Wood Innovation and Design Centre Wins ENR Award of Merit

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Vancouver – Buildings & Civil Construction

Vancouver, British Columbia (July 6, 2015) – The PCL family of companies is pleased to announce that the Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, BC, has received an award of merit from Engineering News-Record (ENR). 

WIDC, completed by PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc., received the award in the Education/Research category of the third annual Global Best Projects competition. The design-build project, at 29.5 meters, is the tallest wood structure in North America.
“PCL is proud to be recognized by ENR for this landmark project that really is something of an anomaly in today’s construction world,” said Todd Craigen, vice-president and district manager. “Constructing this wood building was certainly challenging for our team and represents a project that we are all very proud of.”
This is PCL’s third consecutive year being recognized by ENR. In 2013, the inaugural year of the world-wide program, PCL Vancouver took first place in the Sports/Entertainment category for the BC Place Revitalization, and last year, PCL Winnipeg took first place in the Cultural category for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR).

Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The eight-story building (six story with mezzanine plus penthouse), stands 29.5 meters tall — and for the moment is the world’s tallest modern all-timber structure, a benchmark soon to be broken by other mass timber buildings in the works.
The structural concept is a “dry construction” design, virtually eliminating the use of concrete above grade. Glulam columns and beams with mass timber shear walls support systems-integrated mass timber floor panels. Together, it gives the scale required for heavy timber construction and the design really pushed the envelope in their use. As all the wood elements were prefabricated and shipped to site for installation, BIM modeling was a critical part of the process to ensure accuracy down to the last screw.

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