A Mass Timber Case Study: The Earth Systems Science Building, UBC (Part 4 of 5)
One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at UBC, providing housing for hundreds of students.
The University of British Columbia’s Earth Sciences Building has an extensive and innovative use of cross laminated timber. The facility has two five-storey wings connected by an atrium, and provides modern learning spaces for earth sciences students and leading-edge laboratories for researchers.
A five-storey cantilevered staircase in the atrium built entirely of solid timber is the first of its kind in the world. Being column free, the staircase is a captivating work of art. The building has a hybrid floor system of wood and concrete that is lighter than solid concrete and provides excellent sound absorption.
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