A shop to add to a barn

We’ve supplied trusses for this new shop being built by S&B Construction next to the matching barn that was built in the Spring.



March 17, 2015More from the new Barn in Cobble Hill

March 4, 2015New Barn in Cobble Hill

New UBC student residence to be among world’s tallest wood buildings

A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

A rendering of the Tall Wood Building residence. Credit: Acton Ostry Architects

One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).

“This beautiful, new tall wood building will serve as a living laboratory for the UBC community,” said Martha Piper, interim president. “It will advance the university’s reputation as a hub of sustainable and innovative design, and provide our students with much-needed on-campus housing.”

Construction of the 18-storey tall wood student residence will begin later this fall, and the building is set to open in September 2017. It will house 404 students in 272 studios and 33 four-bedroom units, and feature study and social gathering spaces. There will also be a ground-floor lounge and study space for commuter students.

“This project shows that when it comes to building with wood, B.C.’s innovation can’t be beat,” said Steve Thomson, minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. “By taking advantage of new building technologies, we’re also expanding our markets for B.C. wood products – and supporting jobs in the forest sector.”

In addition to its primary function as a student residence, the building will serve as an academic site for students and researchers, who will be able to study and monitor its operations.

The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores, rather than emits, carbon dioxide. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.

UBC’s Student Housing and Hospitality Services, the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, Forestry Innovation Investment, Natural Resources Canada and B.C.’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations are contributing funding for the building.

Any additional costs related to design and construction have been funded through external sources. Students will pay the same for rent at the tall wood building compared to similar accommodations at other student residences on campus.

UBC Properties Trust is managing the project. The project’s architect, Vancouver’s Acton Ostry Architects, is working in collaboration with tall wood advisor Architekten Hermann Kaufmann from Austria. Fast + Epp, another local firm, is the structural engineer.

[Learn more] Via UBC News

New home in Cobble Hill

Our lovely trusses installed, by S&B Construction, on a new home in Cobble Hill, BC. With the vaulted trusses and large openings in the great room, looks like it will have a spacious and bright atmosphere!


79′ Trusses in Duncan

Although not our longest trusses ever built, 79′ still demands recognition! Our customer’s trusses for their riding arena headed out to site on Tuesday, loaded aboard a crane truck and pilot car.


New home in Langford

Pacific Truss supplies handsomely superb engineered floors and trusses for our customer’s new home in Langford, BC.


Gorgeous Gambrels

Cowichan Fine Interiors receives their gambrel trusses, engineered with genius, gusto and glamour by Pacific Truss.

New in Langford

Pacific Truss supplies quality engineered floors and roof trusses for our customer’s new home in Langford, BC.


Building on a cliff in Metchosin

Our customer’s new home in Metchosin, BC is situated atop a cliff with spectacularly incredible views of the landscape below and beyond! Pacific Truss supplied quality engineered floor & roof joists & beams and prefabricated Pacific SmartWalls® for this modern home being built by Road’s End Contracting.

New in North Saanich

Pacific Truss quality engineered floors and trusses supplied for this new home in North Saanich, BC being built by Wade Johnson Construction.


New Project in Victoria

Garry Foster & Jed Nickel of Reno-Men / Happy Handyman sent us photos of their project in Victoria, BC featuring Pacific Trusses, along with an outstanding testimonial!

“I was in public relations for over 20 years before starting Reno-Men.ca to provide construction services to the building industry. I have never encountered the quality of service that I experienced with Pacific Truss. Dyrald and his team go way beyond the norms in this industry.

To name a few:
1. Excellent phone service right from the start while we were discussing options for our roofing needs. Suggestions were never pushed upon us, but were very insightful.
2. Your final price came in lower than the quote!
3. Your delivery team not only negotiated a very tricky site on which to set up the boom, but they took a lot of extra care to ensure we received each bundled truss set exactly where we wanted them on the roof to reduce hand carrying.
4. The driver then came up to the roof to make sure everything was in order.
5. The next day a phone call came to ensure everything fit perfectly—which they did.
6. The following day t-shirts arrived with engineering reports for the Inspector, along with another site visit to check on our satisfaction.
7. Emailed copies of all engineering report and truss layouts came the next day.

If you have any experience with trades in this industry, you know this service was extremely rare. We can all take a lesson in customer service from Pacific Truss. You bet you have our future contracts!

Thanks very much Dyrald!”