The First Tech Federal Credit Union HQ is a mass timber office building constructed in 2017-18. At five stories and 156,000 SF, the First Tech Headquarters will hold the title (briefly) of the largest CLT structure in the country. The decision to build with timber was borne out of First Tech’s “people first” ethic; when doors open, this building will support and promote the health, happiness, and comfort of 900 employees.
To deliver this project, Structurlam partnered with Equilibrium Consulting and MyTiCon to develop the hidden connection design for the glulam frame and the design for the CLT horizontal diaphragm. Pre-engineered Ricon beam hangers were installed at Structurlam’s facilities, and all components were delivered to site as a fully pre-fabricated kit of parts, complete with 4,200+ penetrations for MEPF services.
First Tech is a model for technologically-advanced construction, harnessing the benefits of VD&C technology, 3D modeling for fabrication, and CNC machining. The entire project was built virtually before fabrication commenced, allowing pieces to be assembled on-site without clashes, errors, or safety incidents. A holistic approach to construction and cost-estimation allowed Swinerton to find value in a premium product, resulting in a 4% construction savings compared to a conventional steel building.
Working with Structurlam to make sure that the mass timber structure was executed smoothly was great. The communication during the shop drawing process was very professional and collaborative.Jana Foit, Architect, AIBC, Vancouver, BC