VANCOUVER – Structurlam Mass Timber Corporation has completed work on the new Terminus at District 56 commercial building in Langford, B.C.
Structurlam worked on the five-storey mass timber post-and-beam building in partnership with Design Build Services and Aspect Structural Engineers.
The building contains the first buckling-restrained braces housed within a timber frame.
Vancouver Island is one of the highest seismic regions in North America and the lateral system must be highly ductile while allowing for exposed wood.
“The Terminus project sets a high precedent for mass timber construction and meets a variety of structural considerations, including fire ratings, seismic benchmarks and structural performance, all while providing the desired esthetic. Completion of the building is a big win for all involved and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with Design Building Services and Aspect Structural Engineers on Tallwood 1 in the coming months,” Structurlam CEO Hardy Wentzel said in a statement.
Tallwood 1 at District 56 is located adjacent to Terminus and is set to open in early 2022 as the first 12-storey mass timber tower built under the revised 2018 BC Building Code which allows for provisions for mass timber structures of up to 12 storeys.
“This building is a perfect example of structure that is driven by both function and design. The buckling-restrained braces (BRB) combined with the modern mass timber create a building that is high-performing without sacrificing on architecture and appearance; in fact, the BRBs and the wood are visually complementary, particularly with the clean and modern detailing used for the mass timber connections,” Aspect Structural Engineers associate principal Iiana Danzig added.