5 Interesting Facts About World's Tallest Wood Skyscraper Constructed In Canada
Green buildings and sustainable construction material are not a thing for the future but a reality in the present. One such structure is the world's tallest wood tower, UBC's Brock Commons student residence of The University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, which was recently completed. Another joining the list soon is the proposed 80-storey timber skyscraper River Beech Tower that will come up in Chicago.
Here are some interesting facts about UBC's Brock Commons student residence:
- It is designed by Vancouver's Acton Ostry Architects in collaboration with structural engineer Fast+Epp, tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria. The prefabricated wood components were provided by Structurlam in Penticton, B.C.
- UBC's Brock Commons student residence is ab 18-storey building, which stands at 53 metres (174 feet) height, making it the tallest tower made wholly of wood so far.
- The UBC's Brock Commons student residence was expected to be completed by early 2017, but it has been completed four months ahead of the scheduled date. The tower showcases a combination of Canadian ingenuity and innovation.
- It is a first-of-its-kind hybrid project made of wood, steel and concrete, with more than 14 storeys. The building has a concrete podium and two concrete cores, with 17 storeys of cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns. The covering of the façade is made with 70 per cent wood fibre. The structure, unlike the concrete structures, which emit carbon dioxide, it rather stores it. The building will reduce approximately 2,432 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking off approximately 500 cars from the road.
- The structure is aiming for the prestigious Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, a rating system that promotes environmental responsibility for building owners.