The tallest wood-frame building in the world is at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Point Grey campus in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-storey student residence building will provide housing for 404 students in 33 four-bedroom units and 272 studio units. Upper year and Grad students will enjoy study and social gathering spaces in the building, and commuter students will also enjoy a beautiful lounge and study space on the ground floor.
Brock Commons Residence tower stands stunning 178.8 feet (53 meters) high. It took less than 70 days and approx. $51.5 million to complete the building. The cladding for the facade is made with 70 per cent wood fibre. By using wood, the impact is a reduction of 2,432 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to other construction materials, the equivalent of taking around 500 cars off the road for a year.
The 18 storey tall building Brock Commons is the first mass wood, steel and concrete hybrid project taller than 14 stories. There are many contemporary examples as well with taller buildings built within the past five years in Australia, Austria, England, Italy, Norway and Switzerland. While there are numerous other ambitious tall timber structure projects under consideration around the world – Paris, Vienna, for instance – the UBC Brock Commons building in Vancouver will be the tallest building in the world to be completed.
The mass timber structure will connect to the UBC District Energy System and is on target to achieve LEED Gold certification. It will exceed required fire ratings and standard seismic safety requirements.
Here’s a Sneak peak into World’s tallest wooden tower at UBC, Vancouver, Canada. See Pics: