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Esquimalt’s first modular mass-timber building beginning to put roots down

Mona Saeed
Esquimalt’s first modular mass-timber building beginning to put roots down
IMAGE AND DESIGN BY LWPAC — Edmonton’s Standing Stone Developments is planning to build a 12-storey, 83-unit condominium building near the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt, B.C. The project, called Corvette Landing, will be built with pre-manufactured modular units.

Edmonton’s Standing Stone Developments is planning to build a 12-storey, 83-unit condominium building near the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt, B.C.

Introduced as Corvette Landing, the structure will be built with pre-manufactured modular units made from engineered timber wood products.

Utilizing the offsite construction method, the units will be manufactured in the Lower Mainland with full electrical and mechanical components built in and shipped to the construction site for assembly, creating approximately 108,000-square-feet of residential and outdoor/green living space.

The building will also have 83 tenant and 11 visitor parking stalls within two levels of underground parking.

Esquimalt council approved rezoning for the project in April.

Designed by Lang Wilson Practice in Architecture Culture (LWPAC), the building will have a tiered look with a glass facade and outdoor stairs and corridors.

While no mechanical cooling systems will be incorporated, the structure will be aligned in such a way to take advantage of natural weather patterns to provide cooling, lighting, and heating, says project manager Troy Grant.

The building is expected to have Passive House certification, a performance-based energy standard in construction.

Grant adds the construction methodology could allow for completion in approximately nine months. Cross-laminated timber allows the wood to increase in strength and in flexibility to the point of the strength of steel, he claims.

Upon completion, the building will weigh just 25 per cent of a similarly-sized traditional concrete and steel structure, he states, and will use more environmentally-friendly materials and reduce greenhouse gases.

As part of the project, the developer also intends to demolish the existing boulevard on Constance Avenue and reconstruct a more modern streetscape with public parking space.

Chandos Construction will be working with the developer as their construction manager.

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