40 Yrs Of Service…

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Over the years, we have been fortunate to attract great people and it has proved to be one of our most valuable assets. On October 6th, 2016  we took a break to recognize & celebrate Jeff Stewart on his 40 yr achievement with Pacific Homes & Truss. Innovation, family company culture, and great people have always guided Pacific Homes & Truss from strength to strength.

In 1969 Pacific Builders’ Supplies started manufacturing roof trusses, and 7 years later Jeff Stewart was hired to be part of our team. He has experienced many technological advances during his 40 yr tenure with us and mentored many fellow employees along the way.

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What happend in 1976 when Jeff began working at Pacific Homes & Truss?

  • The most popular TV show was Happy Days on (ABC)
  • The Montreal Canadian won the Stanley Cup
  • Median Household Income: (Current Dollars): $12,686
  • Top Song was Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be Alright) – Rod Stewart
  • The Apple Computer company was formed on the 1st of April 1976 by Steve Jobbs and Steve Wozniak.

From all of us, thank you for every act of kindness, excellence, dedication & loyalty. We are so glad you’re part of our Team!

World’s tallest timber tower underway in Vancouver

A new hybrid building under construction in Vancouver to house University of British Columbia students will become the world’s tallest timber tower when completed in 2017.

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Images: Courtesy of Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia. Via Arch Daily

Designed by Acton Ostry Architects with Architekten Hermann Kaufmann of Austria as tall wood advisors, the $51.5 million project will rise to a height of 53 metres to accommodate 404 students. Construction on the 18-storey Brock Commons Student Residence at the University of British Columbia began in November 2015 and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017. The student housing structure will be the tallest mass wood hybrid building in the world.

The hybrid construction includes a one-storey concrete podium, two freestanding concrete cores for lateral stability, and 17 storeys of mass timber topped with a prefabricated steel beam and metal deck roof. The timber structure carries the vertical loads for the entire building. Steel connectors fitted to the building’s glulam columns provide direct load transfer between the columns and a grid of cross laminated timber (CLT) panels, allowing the building to meet new seismic design requirements for the 2015 National Building Code of Canada.

Once the concrete cores are completed this month, work on the mass wood hybrid structure and facade will begin with progress expected at a rate of at least one floor per week. The use of prefabricated materials including CLT slab panels, glulam columns, steel connectors and facade elements is helping speed up construction.

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Cross-Laminated Timber in British Columbia

British Columbia is renowned internationally for the quality and innovative use of wood in architecture. From the earliest First Nations longhouse to the Richmond Speed Skating Oval, wood based construction has been a widely used structural approach. The impetus to use wood in a wider variety of building projects has gained momentum in recent years. Now, a European-developed engineered wood product called cross-laminated timber (CLT) has become a viable building material option.

To learn more about this please visit our good friends at www.naturallywood.com [Learn More]

 

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New Garage in Saanich, BC

Built by Waterfront Homes and installed by Drennan Construction. Pacific Truss engineered floors and trusses have arrived onsite in Saanich, BC. With the added attic space designed into the trusses, our customers will soon enjoy the comfort of some extra space.

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New Church in Duncan

Wall Brothers are busy building a new church in Duncan, BC. Pacific Truss was happy to supply the engineered wood products and trusses.

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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

106th Cobble Hill Fair

106th cobble hill fairPacific Truss is proud to support the Cobble Hill Fair again this year!

Cobble Hill celebrates it 106th fair , August 22, 2015, showcasing all that is great about living in the South Cowichan area. Every fair is alive with activity and entertainment for the whole family. The Cobble Hill Fair celebrates our past while cultivating our future.

Click here for more information on the Cobble Hill Fair.

Bike to Work Week

Pacific Homes & Truss were happy to participate in the Bike to Work Week again this year. We had 10 staff riders, logging 31 trips, over 500 km and we finished first in the Cowichan Valley business category. Way to go Pacific riders, looking forward to next year already!

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A new training facility for BC’s marine rescue volunteers

 Jim Lee, President of the Royal Canadian Marine Search & Rescue writes,

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“Thank you very much for your recent donation.

Your donation will go directly towards construction of our new Training Facility for British Columbia’s 1,200 marine rescue volunteers. As you know, with the support of Pacific Truss construction is well underway on a new building that will house our Fast Rescue Craft Simulator and other instructional facilities. Your help means we are creating an even stronger learning environment for our volunteers.

Thank you again for providing this generous donation.”

WWTA: hard at work and a free jersey

The attendees at the Western Wood Truss Association (WWTA) annual general meeting gathered together after to watch the hockey game on Sunday night. During which they drew a name for a free Canucks jersey and it was Lorne Winship,  our general manager, who won it!

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