Crews complete record-setting timber tower

Business in Vancouver highlighted UBC’s Brock Commons student residence and interviewed John Metras, managing director of infrastructure development at UBC.

Metras said UBC is using mass timber technology because it fits the university’s goals related to sustainability and innovation.

“We think mass timber is a sustainable and cost-effective building material in the long run, so we think it is worth demonstrating that in a practical application,” he said.

The structure is the tallest building of its kind in the world.