The push in B.C. to adopt mass timber building products seems to be gaining momentum. In Langford B.C., a distinctive large warehouse made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam is taking shape. The latest in a series of wood buildings going up on Vancouver Island since a number of local councils there committed to adopting mass timber technology for taller wood buildings. The Lanford building holds the distinction of being one of Canada’s first mass timber warehouses using CLT and the third project in the city using the materials. Tom Moore, founding partner at Studio 531 Architects, was lead designer of the building and describes it as “pretty incredible.” Moore goes onto say that “It’s almost entirely built out of timber. We were able to use five-ply mass timber panels that were constructed running vertically and we have 24-foot ceilings inside the warehouse with free-standing CLT walls all around the perimeter of the building and the interior demising walls.” Work on the building began near the end of 2019. The structure is expected to be ready for occupancy by end of October.
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Langford, B.C. build one of Canada's first mass timber warehouses using CLT