Architect: McFarland Marceau Architects Ltd.
Engineer: Equilibrium Consulting Inc.
Budget: $5.8 million
Size: 850-square-metre (9,149-square-feet) building
The North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (ELC) is an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School (NVOS) located in Brackendale near Squamish, British Columbia.
The ELC is constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), which is a large multi-layer wooden panel made of lumber, and engineered for strength through laminations of different layers placed cross-wise to the adjacent layers. The centre also features a glulam column and beam super-structure made from engineered timbers consisting of wood laminations that are bonded together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal structural component.
Mass timber systems are very large, complete wall, floor and roof sections made from engineered wood products, and used in a variety of building types and sizes. These products offer significant benefits in terms of fire, acoustic and structural performance; scale possibilities, rigidity, strength, stability and construction efficiency.
Innovative new technologies and building systems have enabled longer wood spans, taller walls and higher buildings, and continue to expand the possibilities for wood use in construction. Wood is more than a building material; it’s a renewable and responsible choice.