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P.E.I. developers urged to build with wood

CBC news interview with Patrick Crabbe – Project Coordinator Atlantic WoodWORKS!

Developers in P.E.I. are being encouraged to build the core of their developments out of wood products instead of concrete or steel.

It’s called mass timber design, and it’s increasing in popularity in Canada. Mass timber is dimension or composite lumber — small pieces of wood glued together to increase its performance.

“Wood can be used in buildings where wood could not be used before,” said Patrick Crabbe, project coordinator with Atlantic WoodWORKS! — a program of the Maritime Lumber Bureau. It aims to get more builders using wood in large projects like multi-residential and non-residential units.

Read the full article here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-wood-timber-building-1.4672997

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


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


City of Saint John

(506) 648-3714

Carole Blenkhorn


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
613.747.5544 ext. 225

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.

6 Storey Wood Construction Will Deliver Affordable Housing

MLB 6 Storey Wood Construction


Attention Design / Architectural / Building /Environmental / Community News Editors and Reporters


6 Storey Wood Construction Will Deliver Affordable Housing

and more to Halifax Regional Municipality

Halifax Regional Municipality, September, 2016 – Garden View, the first midrise project developed under ‘Reinventing Main Street,’ central  Dartmouth’s new revitalization plan, will provide much needed affordable housing for seniors and families in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The 20-year plan will see the area transformed from a suburban strip mall shopping district into a dynamic, compact mixed-use community with a variety of interdependent residential and commercial developments.

There is a significant shortage of affordable multi-family housing in the neighbourhood and Patrick Crabbe, Project Coordinator at Atlantic Wood WORKS!, is pleased to see mid-rise wood construction taking place in HRM to meet this need. “This innovative, mixed occupancy building will be Atlantic Canada’s first modern 6-storey wood building.  In recent years, mid-rise wood construction has been embraced by jurisdictions across Canada for the many advantages it delivers, including lower project costs, shorter construction timelines, and increased sustainability.”

For project developer, Greg Fong, “the most exciting aspect of Garden View is the context in which the building is situated.” Extensive community consultation was undertaken to determine the land use for the development zone, a district of approximately one square kilometer. The resulting plan, Reinventing Main Street, is ambitious, comprehensive, and uses an innovative form-based code to direct development in the zone.

A form based code offers a powerful alternative to traditional zoning regulation. The conventional zoning approach has created the congested urban sprawl that most modern cities suffer from. Conventional single use zoning regulations separate zones according to use and do not allow for the benefits to be gained from compact, walkable urbanism that encourages sustainable, higher density living. The new approach uses the urban form as the organizing principle. The physical form and character of the built environment is determined by the intentions of the community.

A significant advantage to a form-based code is that plan approvals can happen very quickly for projects that meet the criteria of the plan. Garden View met all the requirements of the plan, addressing height, density and sustainability requirements; that, combined with the project team’s close collaboration with HRM throughout the design phase, saw the project receive site plan approval in less than 3 months.

Preliminary construction costs for Garden View are estimated at just $120 per square foot (including the underground car park) but the project team is aiming to reduce these costs, so the total cost per square foot may come down further.

Intended to deliver more than just affordable housing, Garden View’s design fosters community integration, with commercial units on the ground floor, senior-friendly enriched accommodation on floors 2 and 3, and family oriented units on the top three floors.

Project architect, Tom Emodi, is enthusiastic about what the project means for the future of central Dartmouth and explains why it was the perfect location for this type of development. “It is a compact commercial district, with the highest concentration of health and wellness services in Atlantic Canada. This offers us the chance to provide affordable housing for seniors and families that is close to essential services, to sustainably increase population density and limit urban sprawl. It is the first of many such projects we hope will transform the area into a vibrant and integrated multi-generational community.”

The area has 618 residents currently, but the build-up potential could ultimately see at least 8250 residents in a progressive, sustainable, planned environment. Including Garden View, there are at least 5 buildings generated by this plan in various stages of development.


For additional information, photos, or to arrange interviews contact Samantha Nowlan:

  • 1-902-667-3889 (best) •     1-902-292-2515 (cell)     •     snowlan@mlb.ca