Building Higher with Interfor Lumber

Bart Bender, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
August 15, 2016

When the Brock Commons student residence at the University of British Columbia opens next year, it will be the world’s tallest timber building. We’re proud that Interfor supplied a third of the more than 2.5 million board feet of 2x6 SPF #2 lumber used to make the cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels for this innovative project.

The last CLT panel was installed earlier this week. What was expected to take 20 months took just nine months. That’s because the CLT panels were prefabricated by one of our customers, Structurlam, at its facility in BC’s interior, and shipped to the site in Vancouver to be installed as they were needed. You can generate a time-lapse video to watch the construction here

Brock Commons has 17 stories of mass timber construction with a reinforced concrete base and core. It is just the latest addition to the growing list of tall wood structures being built around the world. Thanks to advanced wood technology, they’re meeting or exceeding building code requirements.