Structurlam completes eco-friendly office building in Canada

Terminus at District 56 (Photo: Structurlam)

Structurlam is celebrating the completion of the new Terminus at District 56 commercial building, now open in Langford, British Columbia (BC), Canada.

Located on Vancouver Island, the building site of Terminus is one of the highest seismic regions of North America. The five-storey mass timber post-and-beam Terminus building contains buckling-restrained braces housed within a timber frame. This design enables its lateral system to be highly ductile while allowing the wood to be exposed. This construction is the first of two projects from Structurlam, Design Build Services and Aspect Structural Engineers in Langford.

Tallwood 1 at District 56, located adjacent to Terminus, is slated to open in 2022 as the first 12-storey mass timber tower built under the revised 2018 BC Building Code, allowing for provisions for mass timber structures up to 12 storeys for interested communities.

Terminus, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-registered building poised to serve residents and businesses, features flexible floor plans with space for lease ranging from 680-13,000sqft. The project utilised Structurlam’s CrossLam cross-laminated timber (CLT) and GlulamPLUS products in tandem with buckling-restrained braces for a warm, striking design.

“The Terminus project sets a high precedent for mass timber construction and meets a variety of structural considerations, including fire ratings, seismic benchmarks and structural performance, all while providing the desired aesthetic,” said Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam. “The completion of the building is a big win for all involved and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with Design Building Services and Aspect Structural Engineers on Tallwood 1 in the coming months.”

Ilana Danzig, associate principal at Aspect Structural Engineers, concluded: “This building is a perfect example of structure that is driven by both function and design. The buckling-restrained braces (BRBs) combined with the modern mass timber create a building that is high-performing without sacrificing on architecture and appearance. In fact, the BRBs and the wood are visually complementary, particularly with the clean and modern detailing used for the mass timber connections.”