2021 WoodTALKS™ at the GBM

BC Wood’s Annual Global Buyers Mission™ (GBM), featuring WoodTALKS™, designed to enlighten, inform and inspire on the use of wood in design and construction. This 2 day event is full of opportunities for architects, designers, contractors, developers, public officials and other wood products specifiers to see first-hand what is new in BC’s wood industry, learn, network and catch up with colleagues. 

The GBM is Canada’s largest event of its kind with attendance on an “invitation-only” basis. The GBM brings together those who specify, source and use wood products, with Canadian manufacturers and suppliers. 


January 28 & 29, 2021 | Live Webinars, Pre-recorded Webinars & Tradeshow | 6+ Educational Hours (AIBC, AIA, AAA, BC HOUSING)

Schedule of Live Virtual Events:

Thursday, January 28

  • 9:00am – 10:00am PST: Commercial/Multi-Residential Mass Timber Projects
  • 10:15am – 11:15am PST: Community Mass Timber Projects
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm PST: Small Mass Timber/Residential Projects
  • 1:00pm – 4:00 pm PST: Global Buyers Mission Tradeshow
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST: Social

Friday, January 29

  • 9:00am – 10:00am PST: Health + Cultural Heritage Projects
  • 10:15am – 11:15am PST: Tall Timber Seismic And Passive House Projects
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm PST: Timber Advancements and Characteristics in Projects
  • 1:00pm – 4:00 pm PST: Global Buyers Mission Tradeshow
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm PST: Social
There will also be 12 live 30-minute industry mini webinars that will be available in Exhibitors’ booths on January 25th to 27th 4-5pm, and January 28th to 29th 1pm-4pm. Each AIBC 0.5 Core LUs & AIA 0.5 LUs. That’s another possible 6 LUs for a total of 12 LU’s!
Contact Ken Hori khori@bcwood.com for registration invitation


Day 1 – Session 1: Commercial/Multi-Residential Mass Timber Projects

Thursday, January 28 | 9:00am-10:00am PST | Live Webinar

Ramada Hotel in Kelowna Project:

This presentation will explore the use of mass timber for a newly proposed 12 storey hotel in Kelowna, British Columbia. The 82 suite hotel builds upon the knowledge gained from the completed West Wing Hotel; also commissioned by RBP Hotels and Resorts. As building technologies improve and demands for green buildings increase, opportunities to explore and push the boundaries of mass timber construction will only follow suit.

Key Opportunities for using mass Timber:

  1. Speed of Construction
  2. Environmental Impact
  3. Safety and Performance
  4. Reduced Structural Weight
  5. Biophilic Design Benefits

Robert Cesnik, 
HDR Architecture

Robert Cesnik is an architect and associate with HDR. He is a LEED accredited professional with over 15 years of experience and particular expertise in residential, commercial and hospitality facilities. Based in Penticton, British Columbia, he is noted for his innovative design solutions tailored to the climate and culture of the Okanagan. Robert is a recognized thought leader in the field of Mass Timber Design, as illustrated in the 40-storey wood NAOIP Office Building of the Future Competition. Some of his most recent work using mass timber include the Taft Residence, TIME Winery, West Wing expansion and the design of a 19-storey wood hybrid tower at Penticton Lakeside Resort. 

Legacy on Park Avenue Project:

This residential building located in the heart of the City of Langley uses mass timber (CLT) to create a sense of place at the new termination point for the next expansion of the SkyTrain from Surrey. The design opportunity to use CLT’s cantilevered 2-way structural property to create expansive uninterrupted outdoor spaces for the residents was key to its implantation for the client’s goal of creating a landmark at the city center. Exposure of the CLT was of additional project value in terms of its biophilic properties for the residents and local community. The way mass timber is manufactured leads the design team to working closely with its producer to utilize BIM modeling software for its precise production. Engagement with the Authority Having Jurisdiction early in the design process by the team was a crucial step in the project’s evolution. 

Steven Bartok, 
Keystone Architecture

Steven is a principal with Keystone Architecture participating on all project phases helping to carrying out a critical role in the firm’s collaborative design approach with clients, authorities, and contractors. By collaborating early with team members Steven’s experience with different architectural typologies and scales helps to guide stakeholders to reach the goals of the project’s constraints by looking for opportunities such as new and innovative materials (CLT – Cross Laminated Timber). 

Mark Robertson, 
Wicke Herfst Maver (WHM) Structural Engineers

Mark Robertson is an associate at Wicke Herfst Maver (WHM) Structural Engineers and has over 17 years experience in structural engineering. With a wealth of construction and engineering knowledge, Mark is considered an expert in projects using mass timber elements. He has been involved in many projects using mass timber including the first ever use of CLT in a market residential project – Virtuoso.

Day 1 – Session 2: Community + Transportation Mass Timber Projects

Thursday, January 28 | 10:15am-11:15am PST | Live Webinar

Kelowna International Airport & Joyce-Collingwood and Surrey Central SkyTrain Stations:

This presentation will discuss the merits and value of using mass timber from an architectural perspective. Rob and Nick will share experience utilizing mass timber through a sampling of transportation projects, featuring Kelowna International Airport and the Joyce-Collingwood and Surrey Central SkyTrain stations.

Attendees will learn the following:

The decision-making process that fostered the adoption of mass timber.

  • The relationship between mass timber, meaningful placemaking and community values.
  • How mass timber was integrated into these specific projects.
  • Where this knowledge has influenced other architectural applications.

Rob Grant,
Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers

As a Principal, Rob leads a range of different project types from small and focused studies to very large and complex projects involving multiple phases, contractors, and stakeholder groups. Rob is currently the Project Principal for the current Kelowna Airport expansion. As a panoramic thinker who embraces the full spectrum of architectural practice, he has honed his ability to address the demands of tight schedules, complex building programs, and intricate systems coordination, all within the tight constraints of demanding regulatory requirements and procedures.

Raised in the middle of a rainforest on Vancouver Island, Rob enjoys designing with a natural material grown from the earth. Unlike manufactured products such as steel or concrete, mass timber adds a personal layer to buildings that helps connect users to their environment. With each new project, Rob explores new ways wood can be integrated and enjoyed for generations to come. One of Rob’s most notable projects utilizing mass timber is the award-winning Fort McMurray International Airport.

Nick Foster,
Office of Mcfarlane Biggar Architects + Designers

Nick has over 23 years of international experience in a wide range of complex projects types from transportation, commercial, institutional and private clients. As a Principal at omb, he provides valuable leadership in the coordination of client requirements and consultant team design integration, that results in strong project delivery. In addition to his role as Project Principal on both Joyce Collingwood and Surrey Central SkyTrain Station Upgrades, he has provided progressive leadership on several airport expansions, including Nanaimo, Terrace and Turks and Caicos.

Growing up in a 350-year-old timber frame house in England, and helping his family’s timber framing business, Nick developed an early affinity with wood. He loves the timeless and contextual nature of

wood and likes to incorporate natural and local materials whenever possible. When designing with timber, Nick prefers to keep it simple and let the natural beauty of the material speak for itself.

Langford Mass Timber Community Project:

Matthew and Gary will highlight Design Build Services’ use of mass timber in building an invigorated, enriched, diverse community of Langford on Vancouver Island.  Their multi-family dwellings are carefully designed to be part of sustainable, livable neighborhoods that are pedestrian-friendly and close to local amenities – achieving this while maintaining social and environmental responsibility. Encouraging alternate forms of transportation, the homes are strategically located to take advantage of upcoming new links between the West Shore and Downtown Victoria. Featuring architecture that is vibrant and welcoming, their Mass Timber buildings are the cornerstones of their community, sustainably creating innovative designs for families and businesses. They are the iconic landmarks that you can call home.

The presentation will start with their 6 storey projects like Hockley Corners, The Arc, and Peatt Commons 2. From there they will discuss their flagship project, District 56, consisting of three mass timber phases. The first, Terminus, is an innovative, 5 storey, mass timber commercial building designed to operate as the business hub of the community they’ve built. The second phase is Tallwood 1, Vancouver Island’s first 12 storey mass timber building, which will be home to 124 residential rental units. Finally, our presenters will explain why they’ve become dedicated to building with mass timber on of their future projects, further building their “mass timber community” in Langford and the surrounding area.

Gary Lahnsteiner,
Design Build Services

Gary is a Mechanical Engineer and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He served 25 years in the Royal Canadian Navy as an Engineering Officer and was involved in all major ship building programs within Canada during that time. He joined Design Build Services under contract to build Village Walk West Phase 1 and was asked to join the company as a partner. As the Director of Project Management, he is responsible for the completion of all projects. He works closely with our on-site staff to ensure everything is ‘on schedule, on budget and within scope’.

Matthew McKay,
Design Build Services

Matthew is a Building Designer with 13 years of land development and construction experience. He’s a founder of Design Build Services and brings immense creativity and technical knowledge to our projects. He is responsible for overseeing professional engineers and leads our in-house drafting and design team. He uses his vast experience in building systems and layout to deliver innovative structures with outstanding design.

Day 1 – Session 3: Small Mass Timber/Residential Projects

Thursday, January 28 | 11:30am-12:30pm PST | Live Webinar

Eton Accessory Building, Big Wood-Tiny Project:

Tracey will review the design and construction of the Eton Accessory building – a 15’x22’ combined garage and studio space that she designed and constructed with her partner Kelvin. Born out of a unique collaboration with Bernhard Gafner of Aspect Engineering and John Boys of Nicola Logworks, this 100% wood structure is a testament that no project is too small for prefabrication, its design born out of a strong desire to work with cross laminated timber – to better understand its properties as well as the efficiencies of its assembly on a project of a very small scale. Designed as a kit of parts, the structure is entirely made of 3 ply CLT – erected by a truck crane in 1 ½ days. Tracey will highlight some of the unique details, her learning from the process and her thoughts on the future of mass timber for small and medium scale projects. 

Tracey Mactavish,
MOTIV Architects

Tracey Mactavish is a cofounder and principal of MOTIV architects in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tracey started her career working in the Canadian north, where permafrost, extreme temperatures, and fly-in or yearly barge access communities were part of the everyday language of design and construction. This included working with indigenous communities throughout the north and later throughout British Columbia to develop schools, community buildings and affordable housing infrastructure – most often out of wood. She is an active advocate for the use of mass timber in mid-rise projects and continues to hone her design approach to seek efficiencies of modularity and repetition to improve the viability of mass timber against more typical construction methods and materials. Her most recent wood exploration was the design and building of her CLT garage/studio – with the clever ingenuity of Bernhard Gafner – using every component of the structure, including the gutter box to stiffen the structure. 

Living Building Challenge, Single Family Project:

This project is a single family home to aim at achieving full Living Certification of the Living Building Challenge (LBC) administered by the International Living Future Institute. The Living Building Challenge is a philosophy, certification, and advocacy tool for projects to move beyond merely being less bad and to become truly regenerative. The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. It is the gold standard against which all others are measured. This home is about 5400 sq.ft. in six “split-levels” in Vancouver. Apart from aiming at Living Certification, the home also asks for very high standard in design and finishing.

CLT was used as the flooring structure of the house. The reasons of selecting CLT are:

· LBC requires that all lumber to be used in the project must be FSC certified or recycling material. After exploring the supply market, we were hardly to find a supplier who can provide us engineering lumber (PSL, LVL, TJI etc.) made from FSC material.

· Under the LBC requirement, the project is also required to generate “zero” waste. As we all known that stick framing on site always produces tons of cut waste. Hence, pre-fab off site is the approach that we have to work with. All the walls are hence pre-fabricated. However, pre-fabricated floor using traditional beams/joists-plus-floor-sheathing panel is challenging from both structural and transport/installation. Therefore, CLT is a prefect solution.

Because of the ‘split-levels” layout, the structure of the house asks for heavy structural steel members as the main vertical and horizontal supports. The CLT floors and pre-fab walls have to be fixed accurately with these steel members. Hence, the main contractor has to work and coordinate closely with the structural steel supplier, the CLT supplier and pre-fab wall supplier to make sure their design are working together. 3-D modelling was used as a key tool in the design coordination. Installation on site was also asked for tight coordination too. The whole installation on site including structural steel, CLT and pre-fab wall was completed within four weeks and without major conflict.


Arthur Lo, 
Insightful Healthy Homes Inc.

Arthur Lo has over 20 years of experience in design and construction of high performance low-rise residential buildings in Lower Mainland BC. “R2000 is Our Minimum Standard” as its motto, Arthur’s company has won many awards including the Grand Georgie Award of Best Home Builders (small volume) in BC. Since 2004, Arthur has actively worked with CMHC and NRCan in the Super E program (export version of R2000) for China and was an international trainer in the CMHC training team. In 2010, Arthur initiated the project team to design and build the Harmony House, one of the net zero energy homes under the EQuilibrium program undertaken by CMHC. In 2014, Arthur participated in setting up the Net Zero Energy Housing Council in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and since then sits in the Management Committee and Technical Committee of the Council. He also joins in the Technical Committee of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. Arthur Lo is qualified as a Certified Passive House designer. Arthur continues to build high performance housings. Recently, his company is working with several high-profile projects, including a custom home aiming to achieve full certification of Living Building Challenge, the first market-oriented net zero energy townhomes in BC, several CHBA labelled Net Zero Ready home, two Passive Houses and two R2000 homes. Arthur graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a B.Sc (Eng) and M.Sc.(Eng) degree and is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, UK and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. Arthur loves running, hiking and backpacking (especially in Canadian Rockies). In leisure time, he likes to listen to music and cooking.  

Day 2 – Session 1: Health + Cultural Heritage Projects

Friday, January 29 | 9:00am-10:00am PST | Live Webinar

Working Within An Indigenous Framework Project:

This presentation will include an overview of working within an Indigenous framework to create appropriate and meaningful spaces.  We will explore a number of projects, exploring the use of wood to create cultural and societal meaning.  The common key to the success is the inclusion of the Nation from the outset to create the vision for the project.  We will also review implementing construction contracts that allow promote the use of band labour and materials.  Each of the projects presented includes a different approach to wood construction that is specifically appropriate to the Nation and the land.

Projects will include the T’it’qet Community Hall and Health Centre, Cooks Ferry Housing, SHXW’OWHAMEL Community Hall and Health Centre and the Lower Post Health Centre.

Shelley Craig, 
Urban Arts Architecture

Shelley Craig has been working with community clients for the past 25 years. She has extensive experience in health, community, institutional, and recreation projects, including many award winning buildings. She has recently been working with the University of Victoria on Master Planning for the Law expansion to accommodate the first Indigenous law program in Canada and the Engineering Precinct expansion. Shelley is currently working with the Greater Victoria Library on the Master Plan for the libraries, the North Vancouver Museum, Grand Forks Community Centre, and affordable housing projects for the missing middle in Surrey and White Rock, constructed from mass timber. Her recently

completed Radium Hot Springs Community Centre and Library was one of the first DLT buildings in Canada and received a SAB Green Building Award. Other award winning recent work includes the Summerland Branch Library and the Engineering Student Centre at UBC.

Shelley graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Architecture) in 1980 and from the Architectural Association with a Masters in Architecture in 1984. Prior to forming Urban Arts Architecture Inc. in 2006, she was the principal of Urban Forum Architecture for 14 years. Shelley has been an adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, and the Emily Carr University. She currently sits as chair of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel, WoodWorks! Steering Committee and is a Canadian Wood Council board member.

Shelley is well known for her commitment to “built in BC” design and research. She has received a BC Woodworks 2019 Wood Champion Award, Wood First Premier’s Award, AIBC Innovation Award and the 2009 WoodWorks Architect Award for her work featuring wood design and research. Shelley has presented lectures across the country on UAA’s progressive wood designs and research.


Tsleil-Waututh Admin and Health Centre Project:

The future seat of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation government, health, cultural and community services is the first phase of a campus-style village centre located on a site overlooking the Burrard Inlet. During 10,000+ years of history, Tsleil-Waututh Nation has developed sophisticated art, philosophy, social structure, and building technology using the versatile properties of wood from the Pacific forest, particularly cedar. The values of that important cultural heritage are embodied in the design of the new Administration and Health Centre and were developed through an integrated design process with the entire team of sub-consultants and in close collaboration with representatives of the Tsleil-Waututh community. The building is sensitively placed on a north-south axis and follows the course of a creek on the east side of the site taking advantage of the relationship between the water and forest. A strong synergy between the interior and exterior spaces is incorporated in the design so that the surrounding nature and views of the ocean can be appreciated inside and out.

Tsleil-Waututh means “People of the Inlet”. The symbiotic connection between Tsleil-Waututh culture and the sea is embodied in the wavy forms of the roof. The largest roof form is over a central, multi-

purpose Gathering Space that will be the heart of community events and a Council Chamber that will provide the seat of government.

Four cedar log columns and cedar log beams, symbolic of traditional structures, define the Chamber. The Chamber can be easily adapted to be closed off for privacy or opened up to provide an addition to the Gathering Space. The cedar-clad walls will provide a background for permanent or temporary displays of traditional and contemporary art created by Tsleil-Waututh artists.

The structure, utilizing engineered wood products and natural lumber, is a combination of post and beam frames infilled with glazing and a limited amount of strategically placed shear walls, requiring precision pre-manufacturing off-site. This design exposes every element of the structure as an architectural feature and demands skillful concealment of the mechanical/electrical networks.

Extensive fenestration allows for plenty of natural light minimizing the need for artificial lighting, while operable windows provide natural ventilation to individual offices. Mechanical units provide heating and cooling to each office and are individually controlled. Green roofs are a feature element, planted with indigenous plant species to help regulate the indoor temperature, save energy and encourage endemic biodiversity.

The quality and clarity of the interiors are created by exposing every structural building element without the need for additional artificial interior finishes. This approach of almost furniture-like assembly of construction elements presents a great challenge – incorporating significant technical infrastructure without being visible. The hidden technical infrastructure contains heating, cooling, ventilation, acoustics, audiovisual, electrical distribution, lighting distribution, fire protection and the security network.

Lubor Trubka, 
Lubor Trubka Associates Architects

Lubor has operated Lubor Trubka Associates Architects (LTA) as a local and international practice since 1975 with a specialized focus on large-scale wood and engineered wood structures, predominantly working with First Nation clients. Lubor Trubka Associates has been providing architectural expertise to First Nation communities across the interior and along the coast of BC, on over 70 projects. Lubor’s projects have frequently been recognized for their design excellence, innovation, efficiency and sustainability, resulting in 22national and international awards to date. Lubor is an enthusiastic advocate of wood construction and healthy, environmentally responsible construction methods and technologies. LTA has developed a notable reputation in the delivery of environmentally and culturally sensitive design of projects, featuring engineered wood products in a multitude of applications.

Day 2 – Session 2: Tall Timber Seismic and Passive House Projects

Friday, January 29 | 10:15am-11:15am PST | Live Webinar

Nature’s Path Office Building Project:

This presentation will discuss the design of the 2150 Keith Drive a 164,000 sq ft, 10-storey mass timber office building that will be built in Vancouver’s False Creek Flats area. The lead tenant for Keith Drive will be Nature’s Path, a Vancouver-based producer of organic food. The company is an industry leader in organic food development, farming innovation, and sustainable food production, and this new office building is envisioned as an extension of its sustainability mandate.

Mass timber is the material of choice for Keith Drive because it ties into Nature’s Path’s commitment to natural, renewable resources, but also because it is aesthetically pleasing, flexible, highly functional, sequesters carbon, and supports the local lumber industry. The design team was inspired to push the boundaries of mass timber commercial office building designs with this project, and in the end delivered an innovative design that boasts larger floor plates, taller floor-to-floor heights, and greater column spacing than typically found in this building type.

The presentation will focus on tall wood innovation as an opportunity to elevate mass timber design and construction, and demonstrate what is possible under new regional and national building code regulations that allow for 12-storey wood buildings. This building will, in fact, be unlike anything else when it is complete. Keith Drive will be the tallest timber seismic force-resisting building in North America, at 45 m / 147 ft. That feat will be made possible in part thanks to Tectonus structural connections, which will allow the building to self-centre after an earthquake.

The extensive use of engineered wood products will define both the interior and exterior character of the building. The glulam timber perimeter-braced structural system creates a striking expression of the building from the exterior, and eliminates the need for conventional cast-in-place concrete cores. These braces, along with a series of cross-laminated timber shear walls in the interior, will resist wind and seismic loads. Extensive destructive testing has been conducted to ensure the mass timber structure will be able to withstand projected seismic forces. Inside the building, the project team worked hard to maximize both the aesthetic and functional benefits of engineered wood. An exposed wooden structure will show off the natural beauty of the material, as well as meet a two-hour fire rating code requirement – without having to be encapsulated by gypsum (drywall), as was the case in many first-generation tall wood buildings.

Martin Nielsen, 
Dialog Design

A registered architect and mechanical engineer, Martin brings over two decades of experience and leadership to DIALOG’s urban design, mixed-use development, higher education, and transportation projects. He is passionate about developing sustainable design solutions that are socially, economically, and environmentally responsible, with a portfolio of work that has been recognized with awards for planning, architecture, and innovation. Martin is currently leading the design of 2150 Keith Drive, a 10-storey mass timber office building employing an innovative braced frame structural system that integrates an array of outdoor spaces into a honeycomb exoskeleton. His recent work includes the rezoning of the Heather Lands, a 21-acre development in Vancouver with the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Watututh nations, in partnership with Canada Lands Corporation. Prior to joining DIALOG, Martin led the design and construction of UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), a LEED® Platinum certified and Living Building, considered one of the greenest institutional projects in North America. He has taught at the UBC School of Architecture and Faculty of Engineering and has served as chair of the UBC Advisory Urban Design Panel and is currently serving on the UBC Land Use Committee. He is currently serving on the Board of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and has served as chair on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel.

Ryan McClanaghan,
Dialog Design

Ryan McClanaghan is an alumnus of the University of Toronto. He is an Architect and Associate at DIALOG in Vancouver, Canada. ​​​​​In 2016, Ryan received a grant to deepen his studies and pursue his interest in mass timber and freeform timber design and construction in Europe. Ryan is currently immersed in a growing portfolio of mass timber projects, most notably as the project designer of 2150 Keith Drive, a 10-storey mass timber office building located in Vancouver, BC. Ryan also sits on the City of Vancouver’s Mass Timber Advisory Panel.

Skeena Residence at UBC’s Okanagan Campus Project:

PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication will present on their design and completion of UBC Okanagan’s Skeena Residence, the first on-campus residence built to Passive House standard in Canada. In this discussion, Brian Wakelin and Jamie Harte will share lessons learned about why conventional wood framing is best suited to Passive House projects from a strategic and tactical perspective. In particular it offers:

  • Industry familiarity and competitive pricing compared with other structural systems
  • Flexibility to accommodate atypical service sizes
  • Simplified window installation
  • Improved structural durability when combined with Passive House envelope
  • And resilient detailing to manage thermal bridging compared with other structural systems.

Brian Wakelin,
PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication

Cofounder and principal of PUBLIC Architecture + Communication, Brian Wakelin has worked in the architectural field for nearly thirty years and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia. His design work is widely recognized and has received six AIBC awards, three awards from SCUP/AIA, and the Prix de Rome. Brian has presented his work at several national conferences and his writings have appeared in Design Quarterly, Academic Matters Journal and SAB Magazine. A thought leader and natural collaborator, he has a track record for achieving consensus with diverse and complex Education, First Nation and other Government clients. Brian is a past Chair of UBC’s Advisory Urban Design Panel and a former adjunct professor at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He led the recently completed Skeena residence at UBC Okanagan, the first Passive House on-campus residence in Canada.

Jamie Harte,
PUBLIC: Architecture + Communication

Jamie Harte is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, with professional experience in Ireland before moving to BC in 2011. Demonstrating an early interest in residential building, he focused his thesis work on multi-unit housing and inventive social spaces. Since graduating, Jamie has been involved in all aspects of residential architecture including close client engagement, programming, detailed design, and consultation with local municipalities. Highly invested in energy efficiency and low-carbon materials, he is a Certified Passive House Designer with Passive House Institute in Germany. Thorough, methodical, and detail oriented, Jamie leads with a particular gift for untangling complex problems. He worked on the first Passive House standard multi-unit project in Squamish and was the Project Architect for Skeena residence at UBC Okanagan, the first Passive House on-campus residence in Canada.

Day 2 – Session 3: Timber Advancements and Characteristics in Projects

Friday, January 29 | 11:30am-12:30pm PST | Live Webinar

Sewell’s Landing, Timber from Sea to Sky Project:

The Sewells Landing project in West Vancouver celebrates the use of heavy timber.  The project is conceived as a village of structures stepping up from the waters of Horseshoe Bay to the cliffs of Tyee Point.  Everywhere the project is crowned in wood.  The timber forms the uppermost levels of all of the buildings, such that the living space comprises ’Westcoast houses in the sky’. 

The project integrates heavy timber within non-combustible construction. On the basis of Code Alternative Solutions, the project team has been able to include exposed timber throughout, capping the concrete construction below.  This is actual timber structure up to twelve stories in the air, not a veneer. 

We considered timber to be the most appropriate material to integrate the project into the village of Horseshoe Bay.  It allows residents to enjoy an authentic experience of Westcoast living, under wood, at the foot of the mountain, and beside the sea.  The Amenity Boathouse concludes this experience, offering access onto the water itself from a cathedral of timber. 

Gregory Borowski,
Merrick Architecture

Gregory Borowski’s architectural perspective is rooted in his particular life experience. As the son of an architect in Britain, he saw many of Europe’s greatest cities and contemporary buildings as a child. Building on these early impressions, he embraced the Canadian environment in his RAIC Medal-winning thesis project at the UBC School of Architecture. In addition to design leadership on a range of major commissions in Vancouver, including Vancouver’s Olympic Village, Gregory spent two years in France working on the Charles de Gaulle Airport Satellite project, prior to rejoining Merrick Architecture in 2001. Gregory has chaired the Vancouver and UBC Urban Design Panels, and believes strongly in the contribution buildings can make to the broader qualities of neighbourhoods and cities. 

The Petal at Emily Carr University and SoLo Off-Grid Cabin Projects:

In face of climate change, building with wood is the architecture and construction industries’ chance to challenge norms and drive the world’s aspirations towards zero carbon emissions. This presentation will demonstrate the potentials of advanced wood design and construction at scales from x-small to x-large. We will present two Vancouver projects designed by Perkins and Will with world class innovation in-mind, and with aspirations to be a catalyst for change: The Petal at Emily Carr University, and SoLo Off-Grid Cabin.

The Petal is both a landmark sculpture and a small coffee house pavilion that anchors the regeneration of the False Creek Flats area in Vancouver. The structure takes inspiration from flowers – and is a layered composition of mass timber shell petals, digitally manufactured and assembled on site. The design process of the pavilion connects the dots between design, technological innovation, and hands-on physical construction.

SoLo is an off-grid Cabin in the Lower Soo Valley, north of Whistler BC. The building paves a new path forward for a future way to build. It serves as a case study to test way and means to achieve net zero in both embodied and operation emissions. It is built of modular, prefabricated mass timber and follows rigorous Passive House standards to dramatically reduce energy consumption. It challenges notions of what high performance buildings can achieve in both performance and aesthetics.

Yehia Madkour,
Perkins + Will

Based in Vancouver, Yehia’s practice spans architecture and urban design, with a focus on research, and a particular interest in the intersection of technology and design process. Most recently, Yehia led the design of LRT stations for the new Réseau Express Métropolitain corridor in Montreal, and the design the pavilion at the new Emily Carr Campus in Vancouver. Yehia sits on Perkins and Will’s Research Board, and provides strategic direction to the firm’s research and innovation agenda in Vancouver and globally. Yehia is a founder of the firm’s Computational Design group, and a partner of Building Technology Lab, where he facilitates a platform to investigate digital design, fabrication, and robotics for Architecture.

Alysia Baldwin,
Perkins + Will

Working with Perkins and Will Architects since 2012, Alysia has worked on a wide range of projects including multi-family residential, large-scale mixed-use developments, transportation, and higher education. Alysia’s recent projects have focused on the innovative application of mass timber technologies and Passive House concepts to create high-performance buildings. Alysia speaks regularly on behalf of Perkins and Will Architects, advocating for design of holistic building solutions that focus on the health and welfare of the building inhabitants through adaptable suite layouts, healthy materials, efficient building enclosures and systems, and access to daylight and views.