New Confederation College Building Official Wood Demonstration Site

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 11th, 2011

Wood WORKS! / Canadian Wood Council Ontario Executive Director, Marianne Berube, announced today that Confederation College’s new Health and Community Services Building has been designated an official demonstration project.

Chosen for the use of large scale wood in the construction, the REACH (Regional Education Alliance for Community Health) building is an example of the use of wood in large institutional projects, not only to architecturally enhance the facility, but to provide a solid framework for the construction.

“We know that the team at Confederation College, including the architectural firm of Kuch Stephenson Gibson Malo Architects & Engineer, had to do some extra work to demonstrate code compliance in order for wood to be permitted in this three-story building,” said Berube. “Because of the appropriate expertise, the co-operation of the City of Thunder Bay, and the College’s commitment to the process, the REACH building is a magnificent showcase for the use of natural, sustainable and beautiful wood.”

The eight glulam (Glued Laminated Timber) columns were made from 90% spruce and 10% lodge pole pine that was sourced from a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forest in British Columbia. They were manufactured at Western Archrib in Boissevain, Manitoba and purchased through Unitized Manufacturing Ltd. of Thunder Bay.

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