Case Study: Green Gables Visitors’ Centre

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“The use of mass timber was a natural progression from the traditional
timber framing used within the barn and Phase I addition. Root Architecture
Inc. wanted to continue using exposed wood to fit with
the aesthetic goals of the project, and to provide a more sustainable
approach to the structural frame.
Glue-laminated timber (glulam) makes up 85% of the columns, beams
and trusses, and are left exposed within the facility. All of the glulam
is slotted to receive hidden steel connection plates where possible to
further reinforce the modern look and feel. Connections use a combination
of wood screws, dowels and through bolts. In the other areas,
conventional flat chord and gable trusses are used supported by
wood-frame load-bearing walls built of staggered 2×4 and 2×6 studs
with 2×10 top and bottom plates to reduce thermal bridging.
In Phase II the nail laminated timber (NLT) roof panels were used to
eliminate the traditional use of purlins to create an uncluttered appearance
within the main spaces. NLT is composed of dimensional lumber
set on edge and nailed together to make a single structural element.
With plywood sheathing added to the top faces of the NLT panels, the engineers,
CBCL Limited, designed the panels to provide in-plane shear capacity, allowing for
their use as a structural roof diaphragm. CBCL also designed the NLT panels to support
the gravity loads for spans of 3.8m between supporting elements. The NLT panels are
2m wide.
Apart from their aesthetic qualities, the NLT panels were made within the local community
using local 2×4 materials which offers fast, repetitive fabrication and ease of
erection on site.”

Timber Structure Design Course

2019 Wood Solutions Conference in Vancouver

The Wood Solutions Conference
is dedicated to design and construction with wood products and building systems, including mass timber.  This one-day educational event will showcase wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through specifically designed seminar streams, featuring new and current topics and an interactive trade show.  A keynote lunchtime speaker and an evening networking reception provide exciting networking opportunities with industry leaders and peers.

Insights into wood – and ideas for you!

The Wood Solutions Conference is tailored for architects, engineers, builders, contractors, building officials, technologists, planners and developers.  More than 800 design and building professionals will come together to listen and learn; connect and collaborate. This is a conference you won’t want to miss! 


Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 (one-day)
Time: 7:00am Registration I 7:45am – 3:45pm Exhibit Hall Open I 8:00am – 4:45pm Seminars In Session I 5:00pm – 7:00pm Evening Reception
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre EAST, 999 Canada Place *note new location*
Cost: $60. Early Bird till October 14; $75. Regular + Ticket Add-On: Evening Reception $20.
*admission tickets include snacks and a hot sit-down lunch; reception tickets include hors d’oeuvres and one-beverage ticket*

Why should you attend?   New program.  New information and inspiration!

  • Learn about the newest innovations and trends in architectural and structural wood design, wood construction and building science, including topics such as BC’s updated Building Code, passive design, transformative building technologies, sustainability, fire and prefabrication
  • Connect and collaborate with other industry professionals and international experts
  • Visit the trade show/exhibit floor and meet face-to-face with knowledgeable industry suppliers
  • Join us for an evening networking event
  • Hear thought-leaders and innovators as speakers
  • Earn professional development education credits

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2019 Wood Design Luncheon Conferences: Registration Open!

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VICTORIA: Wednesday, November 27, 2019 – Victoria Conference Centre, 720 Douglas St, Victoria, BC
KELOWNA: Friday, November 29, 2019 – Delta Hotels by Marriot Grand Okanagan Resort & Conf Centre, 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC
Time: 9:00am Registration & Exhibits Open I 10:00am – 2:00pm Conference Program In Session
Early Bird till November 4: $24.50 and Regular $29.50  *tickets include refreshments and a hot lunch*


Don’t miss the Wood Design Luncheon Conference in your area!  Events sell out quickly so get your tickets early!

  • Hear informative seminars
  • Receive expert advice and information about wood products and systems
  • View trade exhibits
  • Network with industry representatives
  • Hot lunch included for all pre-registered guests
  • EARN professional development credits – each presentation approved for 1 HR (3 total)

About the Wood Design Luncheon Conferences
These annual conferences in two BC locations feature presentations on current topics in architecture, engineering, design and construction with wood by experts in wood design and building while suppliers are on hand with their exhibits to answer questions about wood products and systems. The same three presentations are given in each location.