Architect & Designer Program Update

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 1st, 2012

By Roy Manion

Last week, BC Wood sponsored a very successful event with Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd on Timber Frame and Timber Connections. Thirty-five architects, designers, and engineers, mostly from Southern Vancouver Island, spent Thursday afternoon attending seminars and site tours to increase their knowledge of Timber Framing and all it entails. Gord Macdonald of Macdonald & Lawrence presented an entertaining overview of various timber framing techniques and designs. He also provided an update on his multi-year restoration of Scott and Shackleton’s huts in Antarctica. In addition, Robin Zirnhelt of Cascade Engineering Group gave an engineer’s perspective of the various connector systems.

The seminars were held in the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre, which was perfect since it was a timber frame structure that provided examples of the various issues raised during the seminars. We then went for a brief walk to view a couple of other examples of timber framing.

Group seminars and factory or site tours continue to grow in popularity as they give companies in our industry an opportunity to provide a far greater education to the audience than what they are currently able to provide through seminars. Those who attend, architects, designers, engineers, etc., also find this format very beneficial for much the same reasons.

We are currently working on two similar events with other manufacturers.

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Gord Macdonald (in centre with back to camera) explaining basic timber framing at an outdoor site; examples in foreground

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