QUEBEC CITY — Federal officials were on hand May 8 to mark the capping of project Origine, a tall wood construction project in Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lievres eco-district.
Origine is the tallest wood-constructed condominium in North America, and includes a 12-storey wood structure on top of a one-storey concrete podium. Project developers are the NEB Consortium.
The 41-metre tall condominium uses cross-laminated timber as its primary building material, a technology that stores 2,065 tonnes of carbon in its wood, notes a federal Ministry of Natural Resources media statement.
Over $1.2 million in federal funding was provided to this project through Natural Resources Canada’s Tall Wood Building Demonstration Initiative, which is intended to help expand the North American market for Canadian wood products by encouraging the use of wood in the construction of mid- and highrise buildings.