MTDP Funded Projects:
Happy Harvest Inc. — Main & Cordova ($475,000): This 11-storey multi-family residential building will demonstrate the use of mass timber-steel hybrid for affordable rental buildings. The proposed design includes 120 affordable homes as well as a learning space and community theatre. See Project Profile.
P. Rock Ltd. — Monad Granville ($500,000): Located in downtown Vancouver, this nine-storey mixed-use retail and multi-family residential building will be the first of its kind to demonstrate the use of mass timber and advanced prefabrication techniques and scalable industrialized solutions to address climate change and housing affordability. See Project Profile.
Westbank — Prototype ($500,000): This 21-storey rental building will demonstrate mass timber-steel-concrete use in a tall building. The project will demonstrate cost-effective design solutions using materials for their highest value. Learning from the project will be shared as open source. The developers are aiming for the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan standard. See Project Profile.
BentallGreenOak (Canada) LP — 2150 Keith Drive ($500,000): This 10-storey mixed use building will demonstrate an innovative use of timber brace framing to withstand the effects of earthquakes in a tall building application. The design combines commercial space with social spaces such as child care and wellness areas. See Project Profile.
Reliance Properties Ltd. — 837 Beatty ($500,000): A six-storey mixed use commercial building that demonstrates an innovative use of mass timber-steel hybrid design to renovate a historic building. Built on top of an existing two-story historic warehouse, the four-storey mass timber addition will provide more density and new commercial office space for the area. See Project Profile.
Forefront Communities Ltd. — MAN 6 ($246,000): A three-storey mixed use commercial industrial building that demonstrates a hybrid mass timber-concrete application in a tight urban infill site to provide more density and new commercial office space in the Mount Pleasant area of Vancouver. See Project Profile.
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.
District of Saanich — Fire Station #2 ($500,000): The redevelopment of Fire Station #2 will demonstrate how mass timber can be used in a post disaster building designed to withstand emergencies. The project will replace the present one-storey, 353 square-metre building with a two-storey 2,190 square-metre steel and timber post and beam system that will accommodate a fire training tower and emergency vehicles. See Project Profile.
Kelowna International Airport Terminal Expansion — Phase I ($500,000): Mass timber and prefabrication will enable quick, safe and secure construction of this warm and welcoming airport expansion. This project will showcase the benefits of mass timber and a high degree of prefabrication, accelerating construction schedules and addressing the unique challenge of building while the Kelowna airport continues to operate. 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.
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 will develop costing data on mass timber construction for wide use by developers, builders and other decision-makers. This will be especially pertinent as the B.C. Energy Step Code becomes more widely used to increase energy efficiency and meet CleanBC goals.
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.