Did you know that timber is the
only renewable construction material whose resources can be expanded and
replenished? It’s also fire resistant, structurally sound, and a
sustainable alternative to using steel, concrete, or masonry. As sustainable building
continues to be a growing trend across North America, PCL is using mass timber
products to push beyond the preconceived boundaries of the material to
build taller buildings and reduce their carbon footprint.
Here are some projects that are leading the timber
Standing 95 feet tall, the Wood Innovation
and Design Centre (WIDC) in Prince George, British Columbia, is one of North
America’s tallest contemporary wood structures. The primary structure is 100%
wood and showcases PCL’s expertise as a leader in sustainability and in the design
and construction of large-scale wood buildings: WIDC won the 2014 CCA
Environmental Achievement award. The building features glulam columns and
beams, cross-laminated timber floors and walls, and laminated veneer-lumber
curtainwall-wind columns. The University of Northern British Columbia is the
main tenant and teaches its Masters
of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program there—educating the next
generation of leaders in wood- construction.
Built on the Colorado State University (CSU)
campus, the Laurel Village complex includes two residence halls, a student
collaboration center (the Pavilion), and classrooms and study areas for the College of Natural Science academic program.
The Pavilion at Laurel Village is the first cross-laminated timber structure
built in Colorado and the first building on the CSU campus to receive LEED
The Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence for Sustainable
Building Technology and Renewable Energy Conservation was designed to the Living Building Challenge
standards, is LEED Platinum certified, and is one of the most innovative and
advanced sustainable facilities in the world—it won the 2016 CCA Environmental
Achievement award. The building fully incorporates systems that adhere to the
most rigorous building sustainability programs and is free of any “red list”
building materials used in construction. The project team sourced British
Columbia beetle-kill pine wood, engineered wood and concrete wall panels, and hardwood
for the athletic floor in the gymnasium.
The University of Denver Pioneer Career
Achievement Center is designed to meet LEED Gold standards and will contain
several sustainable design features, such as a rooftop photovoltaic solar array.
Serving as a centralized hub for students to connect with Denver University’s global
network of alumni, potential employers, and community members, the Center
features open lounges, enclosed interview spaces, community gathering areas and
an event space. The primary structure contains several mass timber components,
including cross-laminated timber panels for the floors, roof, and, shear walls;
and glulam beams and columns. The project is set for completion in the summer
Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility, home to Shane Homes YMCA, is a
285,000-square-foot, multifunctional community hub that blends community, cultural, leisure, and recreation
amenities for individuals, families, and sport groups. It was designed
to complement the surrounding landscape of the wetlands and foothills of
Calgary, Alberta. The curved roof structure features exposed glulam timber on
the inside of the facility. This roof, constructed with over 30,000 square feet
of glulam, is the largest timber roof in North America.