World’s tallest wood building completed at UBC

The mass wood structure for UBC’s new student residence, Brock Commons, is now complete and construction is four months ahead of schedule, Global News and CBC reported.

The building is the tallest timber tower in the world, with a concrete podium, two concrete cores, and 17 storeys of cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns.

“Wood is increasingly recognized as an important, innovative and safe building material choice,” said UBC president Santa Ono. “This new tall wood building reflects UBC’s leadership in sustainable construction and our commitment to providing our students with more on-campus housing.”

“The construction process was very efficient…There was very little waste generated during the construction because all of the components were prefabricated,” said John Metras, UBC’s managing director, infrastructure development.

A similar story appeared in the Daily Hive and the Vancouver Sun posted a video of the construction.