Saint John First Atlantic Canadian City to Promote Six-Story Wood Frame Construction

 

Saint John First Atlantic Canadian City to Promote Six-Story Wood Frame Construction

City takes innovative approach to encouraging development of more mid-rise buildings

SAINT JOHN (March 9, 2017), The City of Saint John is pleased to announce it is leading Atlantic Canada with its proactive adoption of the 2015 National Building Code permitting wood frame construction of up to six-stories. Saint John is poised to encourage additional tax-base revenue through the development and construction of more mid-rise buildings by adopting this proven, safe, and cost-effective new form of construction to offer investors and developers.

“We are excited to take the lead in Atlantic Canada by offering developers a cost-effective alternative for developing properties in our City,” said Saint John Mayor Don Darling. “Saint John has many unique benefits to offer potential investors. Adopting mid-rise wood frame construction and preparing our development staff to accept such proposals provides the City with an advantage over other Atlantic Canadian cities.”

Saint John is seeking six-story wood frame development as an alternative solution to the 2010 building code currently in place, and the economic development and investment attraction benefits of such construction, include: a lower cost of construction, with potential reduced costs in the order of 15-20 per cent; increased availability of affordable housing; an increased tax base; a minimized carbon footprint of building construction; and job creation.

“This is exactly what a tree rich province like New Brunswick needs and it’s great to see Saint John leading the way to be the first City in Atlantic Canada to adopt Six-Story wood construction,” said Patrick Crabbe, project coordinator for Atlantic WoodWORKS! “Allowing taller wood structures will reduce the cost of construction, push innovation in the forest industry, and provide the needed economic incentive for Atlantic developers.”

The City today also announced a Request for Proposals for the potential development of the City-owned property at the intersection of Canterbury and Princess Streets—a unique 505 square metre property in the heart of Saint John’s uptown core.

“The City of Saint John is open to receive any proposals for this site. However, this is a prime uptown property and an exciting opportunity for developers to seize. The location would also be a great opportunity for a wood frame construction demonstration project,” said Darling. “Saint John is a vibrant City on a new path to growth. Attracting the new development investment to increase our tax base revenue is one of the ways we can achieve economic prosperity.”

For more information, visit: www.saintjohn.ca

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About Atlantic WoodWORKS!

Atlantic WoodWORKS! is a non-profit program of the Maritime Lumber Bureau (MLB) that partners with governments and industry to expand the use of regionally produced wood products in non-residential and multi-family construction markets by providing technical support, hosting educational events, and promotional services.

Media contacts:

Lisa Caissie

Communications

City of Saint John

(506) 648-3714

Carole Blenkhorn

Communications

Atlantic WoodWORKS!

(902) 667-3889

City of Saint John the First Municipality in Atlantic Canada to Adopt Wood Mid-Rise Construction


City of Saint John the First Municipality in Atlantic Canada to Adopt Wood Mid-Rise Construction
5- and 6-storey wood construction increases options for design and construction community

OTTAWA, Thursday, March 9th, 2017 – The Canadian Wood Council (CWC), along with Atlantic Wood WORKS!, congratulates the City of Saint John on its decision to adopt the 2015 National Building Code provisions to allow wood mid-rise (5- and 6-storey) construction. Joining the list of other jurisdictions such as Québec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia, Saint John is the first Atlantic Canada city to make the decision to provide builders with a new construction choice for taller mid-rise buildings that should also increase affordability.

“Mid-rise code changes are the result of a lengthy, carefully considered code process that included participation from expert stakeholders and consultants,” explained Michael Giroux, President of the Canadian Wood Council. “The CWC applauds the City of Saint John’s mid-rise decision, which will create access to safe, strong and sophisticated building solutions.”

Wood buildings are safe! The National Building Code requires all buildings to achieve the same level of structural performance and safety, regardless of the materials used in construction. “It’s encouraging to see that wood-use in mid-rise adoption is being replicated throughout jurisdictions in Canada who are recognizing its sustainable, economic, and safety benefits,” says Etienne Lalonde, VP Market Development for the CWC and  Wood WORKS! National Director. “To date, 80 wood mid-rise projects have been completed, and another 75 are under construction in Canada – a testament to the success of this construction option being recognized by the individuals who specify building materials for projects.”

Six-storey wood buildings provide a lower cost construction option to the regional design and construction industry, while promoting sustainable construction practises and mobilize local labor forces. “It is encouraging to see a city within the province of New Brunswick taking action to facilitate a progressive development landscape,” says Patrick Crabbe, project coordinator for Atlantic Wood WORKS!. “It’s great to see the city of Saint John pave the way for the wood mid-rise opportunity in New Brunswick. The Atlantic Wood WORKS! program looks forward to working with the regional development community and the city to ensure a smooth execution of this building option.”

Interested in learning more about wood mid-rise? Visit www.woodfacts.cwc.ca.

For more information please contact
Natalie Tarini
Senior Communications Manager
ntarini@cwc.ca
613.747.5544 ext. 225

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About CWC

The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is the national association representing manufacturers of Canadian wood products used in construction. CWC provides technical and knowledge transfer services relating to codes, standards and regulations. For more information please visit www.cwc.ca | @CdnWoodFacts


About Atlantic Wood WORKS!

The Atlantic Wood WORKS! is a non-profit program that partners with governments and industry to expand the use of regionally produced wood products in non-residential and multi-family construction markets by providing technical support, hosting educational events, and promotional services.