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#41 Nparker

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Posted 01 April 2018 - 08:55 PM

"To take Canada from hewers of wood to fabricators of high-tech tall timber buildings –that’s the promise of a new building proposed by Toronto’s George Brown College.".

I am not entirely sure I like it, but it certainly appears to be taking wood timber construction to a whole new level.

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#42 amor de cosmos

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Posted 02 April 2018 - 06:11 AM

they all look pretty awful

#43 Jackerbie

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Posted 03 April 2018 - 07:42 AM

Meanwhile, a forestry company in Japan is proposing the tallest building in the country, at 350 m, also made of hybrid timber construction https://www.dezeen.c...re-tokyo-japan/

 

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#44 Jackerbie

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 11:56 AM

Is there a general topic for BC Building Code or wood frame construction? Sounds like the limit is being increased from 6 storeys to 12, provided that there is a concrete base and core. via https://globalnews.c...ers-12-storeys/



#45 LeoVictoria

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:12 PM

Is there a general topic for BC Building Code or wood frame construction? Sounds like the limit is being increased from 6 storeys to 12, provided that there is a concrete base and core. via https://globalnews.c...ers-12-storeys/

 

Super cool.  Mass timber construction is going to be huge.


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#46 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:16 PM

Super cool.  Mass timber construction is going to be huge.

And apparently quite ugly.



#47 Mike K.

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:21 PM

Some food for thought:

Can you elaborate more on the transition between 'soft' and 'hard' markets, and how that relates to construction?
The hardening market will be felt more acutely in certain industries than others, in part because those industries have experienced falling rates for several years and diminishing profitability. In terms of construction, many insurance companies are scaling back the amount of wood frame risk they are willing to underwrite due to fire exposure. This means that larger wood frame projects are likely to experience higher premiums, deductibles and tighter warranties or conditions. - https://victoria.cit...on-fitzpatrick/

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#48 Jackerbie

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 12:52 PM

And apparently quite ugly.

 

The architecture and design of a building can be ugly regardless of the material. Brock Commons is modular mass timber. View Towers is concrete. They both took the same form, despite different materials and construction methods.

 

Here's a 12 story mass timber building proposed for Portland, which looks no different from your "ordinary" tower, albeit with less seafoam spandrel:

 

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#49 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:04 PM

The architecture and design of a building can be ugly regardless of the material...

 

While that is certainly true, I would imagine the CoV (and environs) is unlikely to see any large timber construction that showcases innovative usage. Of course since Victoria tends to get dull designs regardless of material/method I suppose it doesn't really matter.



#50 Nparker

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:08 PM

Can anyone imagine these getting approved locally?

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#51 LeoVictoria

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Posted 13 March 2019 - 01:38 PM

Some food for thought:

Can you elaborate more on the transition between 'soft' and 'hard' markets, and how that relates to construction?
The hardening market will be felt more acutely in certain industries than others, in part because those industries have experienced falling rates for several years and diminishing profitability. In terms of construction, many insurance companies are scaling back the amount of wood frame risk they are willing to underwrite due to fire exposure. This means that larger wood frame projects are likely to experience higher premiums, deductibles and tighter warranties or conditions. - https://victoria.cit...on-fitzpatrick/


Wood frame is different than mass timber and has very different fire characteristics. Not sure if the insurance industry has caught up with that yet though.
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#52 amor de cosmos

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 08:36 AM

Laminated wood and concrete will form the hybrid structural system of the high-rise Canada's Earth Tower that global firm Perkins+Will has unveiled for British Columbia.

The project, called Canada's Earth Tower, is planned for a 1.3-acre (0.5-hectare) property along Eighth Avenue near Vancouver's Burrard Slopes neighbourhood. The site is currently occupied by a nondescript, four-storey building dating to the late 1970s.

Set to rise approximately 120 metres, the building will be "the world's tallest hybrid wood tower", according to Perkins + Will, an 84-year-old practice with offices around the globe, including Vancouver. The developer is local firm Delta Land Development.

Construction is currently underway on another hybrid timber tower in Vancouver, Terrace House by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which also has claimed to be the tallest hybrid structure in the world. Ban's residential building will measure 71 metres at its upper tip.


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#53 Nparker

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 08:42 AM

It's pretty, but that name - "Earth Tower" - ugh. It's right up there with "freedom fries".



#54 m3m

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 08:59 AM

I'd be hesitant buying one of those residential units.  That's a lot of wood on the interior - walls, floors, ceiling, pillars.  Could age like the basement in my grandpa's 1970's split level that has wood paneling everywhere (and green shag carpet). 



#55 lanforod

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 09:17 AM

I'd be hesitant buying one of those residential units.  That's a lot of wood on the interior - walls, floors, ceiling, pillars.  Could age like the basement in my grandpa's 1970's split level that has wood paneling everywhere (and green shag carpet). 

 

Pillars and floors in wood are pretty ageless. Walls i could see. 

 

This is a really nice rendering other than what looks like corrugated Plexiglass skylights in that atrium. I especially like those 3 storey 'garden' balconies. If it actually looks like that, I'll be impressed.



#56 Torrontes

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 01:00 PM

I presume your grandparents didn't have the light, bleached wood palette. In any event, portions could be painted out. It looks good to my eye.

 

Apart from fire and structural issues, what about a replay of the leaky condo problem? Most of the wood is laminated, but will it stand up to persistent dampness? Wood boring insects?



#57 aastra

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 03:27 PM

 

Wood boring insects?

 

You know it's a luxurious building when people worry if the insects will be exotic enough.



 



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