MTDP Funded Projects:
Faction Projects — The Exchange ($137,000): This four-storey hybrid mixed-use building will demonstrate the feasibility of local trades, rather than factories, to produce mass timber panels. Local mass timber panel production using available suppliers and trades will create local jobs and reduce supply-stream risks. This project will also be used to educate the insurance and lending industry on mass timber to reduce premiums associated with mass timber buildings. Developers will pursue Step Three of the BC Energy Step Code, the highest level for buildings of this type in the Okanagan. See Project Profile
L’Alliance Française de Vancouver — L’Alliance Française ($195,000): First of its kind for a 4-storey assembly occupancy building and designed to the equivalent of LEED Gold, this four-storey community and cultural centre will demonstrate some of the first uses of mass timber in an assembly occupancy building in the City of Vancouver with exposed wood throughout the building’s interior. See Project Profile
First Nations Health Authority — Metro Vancouver HQ ($500,000): This six-storey building will demonstrate institutional use of mass timber supporting health and cultural activities. The design will expose as much mass timber as possible to evoke the plank house tradition of the Coast Salish people; space will be used for First Nations Health Authority employees as well as social spaces for gatherings, cultural activities and education. The building will target Rick Hansen Foundation certification for accessibility. See Project Profile
Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce — The Confluence ($250,000): This combined tourist information centre, technology incubator, chamber of commerce office and meeting facilities will be the only Passive house certified institutional building in B.C.’s interior. See Project Profile
*NEW* The City of Burnaby — Cameron Community Centre and Library ($500,000): This multi-purpose recreational hub will provide fitness, aquatic, and community programming to the fast-growing region of Lougheed in Burnaby. Responding to the city-wide climate crisis declaration, the project will use a hybrid mass timber and steel structural system to support the reduction of embodied emissions. See Project Profile
*NEW* The City of Vancouver — Marpole Community Centre ($500,000): This comprehensive mass timber-based development in South Vancouver will replace and double the size of the existing centre built in 1949. The project will use glue-laminated timber for the columns, beams, and the signature gently curved roof. To expose much of the building’s mass timber structure, the team will undertake an alternate solution to the Vancouver Building Bylaw. See Project Profile
*NEW* Columbia Shuswap Regional District — Golden and Area Indoor Aquatic Centre ($441,720): This new indoor aquatic centre in the town of Golden will be a hub for community health and wellness while aiming to meet the Canadian Green Building Council’s, Zero Carbon Building (CAGBC, ZCB) standard and future operations as a zero-emissions building. See Project Profile
*NEW* The Loon Foundation — The Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station (PODS) ($388,000): This marine facility will be the tallest and first Net Zero Carbon mass timber building on the Sunshine Coast. In keeping with the region’s maritime culture, the “pod” design, resembling wooden boats, will attract visitors from land and sea to this research, education, and recreation hub. The nearly all-wood structure features glue-laminated and cross-laminated timber, and a Douglas Fir-clad interior. See Project Profile
*NEW* The Clayoquot Biosphere Trust Society — Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Centre ($300,000): This nearly all-wood three-storey building in Tofino will combine light-frame wood, mass timber, CLT, and a geothermally sourced hydronic heating and cooling system. Inspired by traditional First Nation plank house architecture, this development will be a gathering place for sharing, experimentation, learning, and innovation for the Clayoquot region. See Project Profile
Canadian Wood Council, GHL Consultants, CHM Fire Consultants ($300,000): Mass timber demonstration fire tests will be used to educate key stakeholders about the performance of mass timber construction. Test data will support future code change proposals and new fire suppression systems. Cost shared with Natural Resources Canada, National Research Canada and other provincial governments, lessons learned will be shared with other jurisdictions in Canada.
Morrison Hershfield ($105,000): The proponents aimed to develop costing data on mass timber construction for wide use by developers, builders and other decision-makers. This is especially pertinent as the B.C. Energy Step Code becomes more widely used to increase energy efficiency and meet CleanBC goals. This project resulted in the creation of the Mass Timber Navigator.
Fast + Epp, GHL Consultants ($92,000): This research project will assess the transferability of international tall wood building codes to B.C. and Canada to advance the next generation use of wood in buildings in B.C. and Canada.
Athena Sustainable Materials Institute ($70,000): Lifecycle assessment research will demonstrate the carbon benefits of mass timber use and encourage wider adoption by building designers, policymakers and other decision-makers.
*NEW* FP Innovations – Fire Performance of Modern Mass Timber Connections Testing ($200,000): Identification and testing of effective and cost-efficient modern mass timber connections that provide at least 2-hours of fire-resistance rating, as prescribed in the 2020 National Building Code of Canada for encapsulated mass timber construction (EMTC) up to 12-storeys.
*NEW* FPInnovations – Guide on Hygrothermal Modelling ($75,000): Driven by the need to improve the design and construction of innovative wood-based building enclosure systems and assemblies, this research and guide will include the use of mass timber-based façade panels in order to improve prediction of long-term durability performance.
*NEW* National Research Council (NRC) – Intumescent Coating for Mass Timber Buildings ($210,000): Following the success in demonstrating proof-of-concept, the next research phase covers large-scale production and full-scale performance testing of NRC’s high performance and thin-film intumescent coating technology, a first of its kind in Canada.
*NEW* University of British Columbia – Fire-Related Thermal Penetration Testing for Mass Timber ($28,000): Development of assessment methods that will allow quantification of fire damage to mass-engineered timber structures to determine appropriate repair.