The University of British Columbia just topped off the world's tallest wood-frame building. Its new student housing tower rises 18 stories to reach 178.8 feet tall.
While the developers still need to finish the interiors, the school and Canada's minister of natural resources Jim Carr celebrated the achievement of the building's height.
Under construction at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus, the CA$51.5 million mass timber structure is a hybrid system comprised of cross-laminated timber (CLT) floor slabs, glulam columns, steel connectors, and concrete cores. On target to achieve LEED Gold certification, the building structure was completed less than 70 days after delivery of prefabricated components to the site.
Construction will now turn to completing the building’s interior elements, with completion scheduled for early May 2017, approximately four months (or 18 percent) faster than standard high-rise projects.