Ottawa, June 12 (IANS) The construction of a record-setting 53-metre high tower building, using mostly wooden material, is under way on the campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada’s Vancouver city.
Its bold and green design aims to demonstrate that building large, wooden structures is not too much complex, Xinhua news agency quoted Russell Acton, principal architect from the building designer Acton Ostry Architects, as saying.
“It’s got less of an environmental impact with respect to producing greenhouse gases,” he said, adding that the 18-storey building will serve as a student dormitory.
He said the design is hybrid, using concrete for a podium on the first floor, and for two core structures.
“Absolutely, it’s as strong. There are particular code requirements, building code requirements we have to adhere to and prove out that it’s as strong as a concrete or steel building. It will perform similarly to the same level as concrete or steel when in a seismic event,” Acton added.
The dormitory building, named Brock Commons, is designed to accommodate 400 students and expected to be completed by September 2017 with an investment of 53 million Canadian dollars (more than $41 million).
According to the UBC, the wooden material to be used, including cross laminated timber floors and glued laminated timber wall pillars, will be all produced and pre-fabricated in Canada, partly in an effort to boost local forestry industry.
The designers said the structure should last as long as a steel or concrete tower of the same size, or having a life length of about 60 to 100 years.