Ripple Rock Elementary School | Campbell River, BC
Larry McFarland Architects Ltd.
The project vision from the outset specified that the design use wood construction as a means of representing both the lumber industry and mill heritage of Campbell River and the traditions of the local First Nations. While located in a provincial School District #72, the school serves a large local First Nations population who make up 50% of the student body.
The use of wood allowed an expression suited to the vision of a “made in Campbell River” design solution. Wood was deliberately used to support the local industry and involved the local community in the project. Wood finishes and exposed structure create a warm, non-institutional environment for children. Wood was selected as the primary building material as the owner supported the notion of sustainable design solutions whenever feasible. The use of locally produced wood products and the use of a reusable heavy timber structure are benefits of this renewable resource.
Wood materials used:
- Exposed, peeled and sanded heavy timber Douglas fir log columns
- Exposed glue laminated heavy timber Douglas fir beams, columns and struts
- Wood framed shear walls with steel tie downs
- Dimensional SPF framing
- Western red cedar siding (milled from logs donated by the Xwemalhkwe First Nation)
- Western red cedar interior panels (milled from logs donated by the Xwemalhkwe First Nation)
- Solid core wood doors with birch veneer
- Exposed G1S SPF plywood panelling in gymnasium
- Medium density fibreboard millwork casework, plywood countertops
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