Located in Vancouver, near the bustling Broadway and Cambie transit hub on the corner of 7th Ave and Yukon Street, the four-storey superstructure was erected in just four weeks using CLT (cross-laminated timber) floor and wall panels, glulam beams and steel posts. Exterior wall panels including the firewall at the property line were pre-clad with membrane and insulation.
The resilient design for the new office building uses Tectonus devices, an earthquake-resistance technology applied for the first time in North America. These connectors act as shock absorbers, ‘snapping’ the building back into position without damage after a significant earthquake and allowing for immediate return to occupancy. They are installed at the base of the CLT shear walls and will be left uncovered as part of the design aesthetic, along with exposed timber as the interior finish.
Courtesy of Fast + Epp