Interior Beauty of Wood – Commercial
Vancouver Conference Centre Expansion Project,Vancouver
The interior walls of the conference center are designed to invoke the concept of stacks of lumber. The north and south walls being the sides of the stack and the east and west walls the ends of the stack. Both the side and end walls are made of hemlock from the coastal forests of BC. Each wall panel is numbered and coded for placement which will allow them to be replaced with the exact same pattern when the need arises. The end grain Panels, the most difficult to develop with a random pattern, were produced with the help of robotics imported from the auto industry. Each piece was selected in a random program process and after applying glue was placed and held by a robotic arm. The Ceiling has a sea of 3″ X 6″ glulam purlins made of Douglas Fir are spaced at 18″ o.c. over the majority of the 11 ½ acres of ceiling in the building. These architectural wood components were manufactured in Penticton, shipped to the coast and finished with a clear low VOC sealer before being installed.
Wood Materials used in the project are:
- Douglas Fir Glulam purlins
- End grain Hemlock wall panels
- Flat and quarter sawn hemlock wall panels
Panel Manufacturer (Recipient):
Island Precision Manufacturing Ltd.
2049 Keating Cross Road
Victoria BC V8M 2A5
Structurlam Products Ltd.
Other Design Team Members:
Musson Cattell MacKay Partnership
1660 – Two Bentall Centre
555 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC V7X 1M9
Downs / Archambault + Planners
200 – 1014 Homer Street
801 Second Avenue, Suite 501
PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.