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World's Tallest Mass Timber Building Is Underway In Vancouver

May 20, 2016

David Rowlinson


Construction of the world’s tallest mass timber building is underway in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia.

Acton Ostry Architects designed the student residence, called Brock Commons, to house 404 students inside an 18-story hybrid of wood, steel, and concrete.

The residence will stand at 53 metres tall and is a hybrid of CLT floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors, as well as the concrete cores currently being constructed. It is envisaged that once the cores are completed, one floor per week can be constructed, followed by the metal roof deck.

The project is due to be completed by July 2017 and is expected to reduce carbon emissioins by 2,563 tonnes, equivalent to taking 630 cars from the road.


David Rowlinson

Make it Wood Program Manager