The University of British Columbia can now claim that it is home to the tallest timber structure thanks to the completion of Brock Commons. The 18-story student residence takes the title from a housing-project in Norway, beating its height by 14 feet. Over at sister publication Architect, Wanda Lau reports that the $39 million project will exceed fire ratings and seismic requirements thanks to its design:
The 162,700-square-foot building sits on a concrete foundation and incorporates two concrete stair cores. CLT panels supported by glulam columns make up the 17 floor plates above grade. Steel connectors, at the intersections of the wood floor slabs and columns, transfer the loads between columns as well as provide a bearing surface for the CLT floor panels.
To learn more about the towering wooden building, click on the link below to read the full article over at Architect.