Research Trip to British Columbia, Canada and Portland, OR, USA

April 2022

Four members of the research team visited the cities of Vancouver and Victoria in Canada and Portland, Oregon in the USA to conduct in-person visits to several mass timber high-rise projects, and interviews with key stakeholders related to the project case studies.

Project Sites Visited:

Tallwood 1, Langford (Victoria), BC, Canada – 12-story residential under construction
UBC Brock Commons, Vancouver – 18-story student residence, completed
Albina Yards, Portland – 4-story commercial office, completed


Offices/facilities visited + related projects discussed:

Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers, Vancouver

843 N. Spring St., Los Angeles
M5, Vancouver
Terraine, San Jose

CADMakers, Burnaby, BC, Canada

UBC Brock Commons, Vancouver
2150 Keith Drive, Vancouver
Ascent, Milwaukee

Fast+Epp, Vancouver

2150 Keith Drive, Vancouver
UBC Brock Commons, Vancouver
INTRO, Cleveland
Limberlost Place, Toronto
BCIT Student Residence, Burnaby

LEVER Architecture, Portland

843 N. Spring St., Los Angeles
Albina Yards, Portland
Framework, Portland
900 SE Sandy, Portland

Timberlab, Portland

Heartwood, Seattle


Select photos from visits to numerous project sites, offices, and fabrication facilities.

Tallwood 1
Langford, BC

CTBUH had the opportunity to tour Tallwood 1, a Steel-Timber hybrid building
under construction at the time of the visit. Andrew Chad, a Principal at Aspect
Engineering, discussed the decisions behind the use of the glulam frame, CLT
floor and the steel brace frame.

Fast+Epp Office
Vancouver, BC

The trip provided an opportunity for CTBUH to discuss some of the various case
studies in person with stakeholders from Fast+Ep. In addition to the planned
meetings, the team also received a tour of Fast+Epp's Concept Lab, where they
saw a variety of mass timber fasteners, modeled details, and testing equiptment.

Timberlab Manufacturing Facility
Portland, OR, USA

Erica Spiritos of Timberlab toured the team and Thomas Robinson around the
production facility where Timberlab CNC mills timber members. Shown in the image
is a mockup of the connections used in atelierjones' Heartwood project in Seattle.