Design ingenuity: Simon Fraser University stadium’s ‘floating’ mass timber canopy

Construction Canada
December 14, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Burnaby, B.C., didn’t have a spectator venue for sports and events until Perkins&Will and Fast + Epp designed a stadium next to the Terry Fox Field, respecting the existing Lorne Davies Complex. The stadium’s standout feature is a 900-m2 cantilevered mass timber canopy that appears to be suspended in midair. In response to the lack of seating options due to the absence of precast concrete bleachers as originally planned in the LDC master plan, the new stadium was envisioned and built. …The engineering, fabrication, and installation of the roof structure posed significant challenges due to heavy snow loads at the Burnaby Mountain site, large cross-laminated timber (CLT) soffit panels with integrated systems to form the roof, and tight clearances to the adjacent sports complex. The biggest challenge was to provide stability to the sprawling roof structure with a 16.4 m cantilever. 

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