First-ever Underground Mass Timber Parkade in Canada

By Grant Cameron
The Journal of Commerce
August 28, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

Massive Canada Building Systems, a Port Moody, B.C.-based mass timber and modular building manufacturer… has secured a contract to design and build a single-level underground parkade of mass timber on a 1.3-acre parcel of property in Gibsons, BC. It will be the first-ever underground mass timber parkade in Canada. “The idea of a mass timber parkade is to reduce the amount of concrete and the heavy carbon footprint of cement and steel,” says CEO Gaetan Royer. “Only the perimeter of the parkade and its foundation will be concrete. All interior posts and beams will be mass timber. The top of the parkade will be covered with cross-laminated timber panels. A roofing surface will make the entire podium waterproof.” …The roof of the parkade, supported by band beams over wooden posts, will be the base for a six-storey mass timber apartment building, containing 109 rental housing units and 14 two-storey townhomes.

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