Another mass timber residential building is coming to Metro Vancouver

Mar 22 2019, 8:27 pm

Construction is currently well underway on a residential mass timber building on the eastern end of the Metro Vancouver region.

Legacy on Park Avenue in Langley, a six-storey mid-rise project, is using cross-laminated timber (CLT) materials for its development, which is also the very first application in Canada for a CLT firewall, according to the Canadian Wood Council.

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The design of the building features curved “flying” balconies, made possible with the use of CLT panels.

There are 69 homes within the development, including two- and three-bedroom condominiums.

“The speed, fit, and finish of the CLT panels cannot be matched in conventional framing. The materials’ ability to span in two directions at the same time have opened up new structural framing possibilities, allowing us to bring projects like Legacy to life,” said Steve Rempel, partner of MDM Construction, the company building the project, in a statement.

It is anticipated the new building will reach completion by mid-summer 2020.

Prefabricated engineered wood panels in the form of CLT are deemed as a sustainable alternative to traditional materials like concrete. It has a lower carbon footprint and reduces the transfer of heat and noise significantly compared to concrete, and boasts improved seismic resilience.

One other example of residential CLT building is the recently-completed, six-storey Virtuoso in UBC Wesbrook Village.

Earlier this month, the provincial government announced changes to the BC building code that will allow the construction of taller wood buildings of 12 storeys — up from the current allowance of six.

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