September 28, 2016
In partnership with ULI and Allen Matkins, Connect Media brings you the “Number of the Week” every Wednesday.
18: The number of floors in the University of British Columbia’s Wooden Dormitory
The first wooden building in the world taller than 14 stories is under construction at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. When completed in September 2017, the $51.5 million Brock Commons student residence will stand about 174 feet (53 meters) tall—18 stories. Its prefabricated components include cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns.
“Mass-timber technology is the future of urban high-rise construction,” said Grant McCargo, chief executive officer of Urban Villages, a Denver-based development company exploring mass-timber construction. Through mass-timber technology, composite wood is created from multiple wood pieces to increase their compressive and tensioned strength.
“Mass-timber construction allows us to offer a truly climate-positive building when it is paired with the latest operational technology,” McCargo said. “That’s because unlike building materials like concrete and steel, timber acts as a carbon sink, further enhancing global carbon sequestration in the process.