Town Centre tribulations

ML Burke
The Delta Optimist
November 15, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada West

The City of Delta’s Chief Administrative Officer George Harvie, said “The community in Tsawwassen is supportive of a re-build of the Town Centre and other areas that are aging. We just have to do it right.” …I asked an established architect-planner about wood-frame versus concrete construction. His response: “In many ways six-storey wood-frame construction is superior to concrete. It’s significantly less expensive, around $75 per sq. ft. less, plus wood frame buildings generally resist earthquake forces better than any other form of construction.“Wood construction, using a renewable resource, is much more environmentally sensitive than concrete, where the production of steel and Portland cement are very energy consuming. …“Same with fire safety. There are a number of requirements for six-storey wood-frame buildings that are additional to what is required for more traditional four-storey construction that ensure fire safety. 

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