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Let's talk #wood! Check out #ESB at #UBC in gbdmagazine: Going with the Grain: #innovation #construction @ubcscience

Much the way this project had been stuck in time, so was UBC’s lab. “It was like going to the 1970s,” says Perkin+Wills’ Jana Foit, the project architect. “It didn’t live up to the type of modern research the school was conducting.” Pragmatically, the university wanted to modernize operations and to consolidate Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (EOAS); the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS); and Faculty of Science’s offices of the dean. The idea of employing wood owes no small part to the 2009 Wood First Act that requires provincially funded endeavors to be built with wood as a primary construction material. The legislation acknowledges both the economic advantage of using a local product and the environmental benefits of using a naturally occurring renewable resource. The act, however, is notoriously non-prescriptive, and because it relies on proj...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2014/26-university-british-columbi...

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