A Mass Timber Solution for BCIT’s Student Housing Building

By Ben Hill
April 19, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The mass timber assemblies are the centerpiece of the Tall Timber Student Housing building’s design. To deliver panels that are ready for quick installation on site requires a careful process of design coordination and then precise manufacturing. …Jamie Pobre Sullivan, Associate from Fast+ Epp, who are the structural engineer on the project explains, “This coordination at the design stage is what allows the prefabricated panels to be installed so quickly on site, so we need to review everything from materials to trade coordination with trades prior to construction. Western Hemlock was used for the panels, which was a request by the CLT manufacturer, Kalesnikoff Mass Timber, to maintain construction schedule, but is also a design innovation. It’s a local material that’s accessible to the local manufacturer, so it makes sense to use it, but because it’s new we had to have validate confidence using the species within a point-supported CLT panel system. 

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