Structurlam Celebrates Completion of Terminus at District 56, Eco-Friendly Retail and Commercial Office Building in Langford, B.C.

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January 5, 2022News

Structurlam congratulates Design Build Services of Langford, B.C, along with Jack James Architect and Aspect Structural Engineers, for the completion of the new Terminus at District 56 commercial building. Located on Vancouver Island, the building site of Terminus is one of the highest seismic regions of North America. Structurlam provided the mass timber kit-of-parts for the five-story mass timber post-and-beam Terminus building, which features the first buckling-restrained braces housed within a timber frame. This state-of-the-art design enables its lateral system to be highly ductile while allowing the wood to be exposed. The first-of-its-kind construction is the first of two projects from Design Build Services.

Tallwood 1 at District 56, located adjacent to Terminus, is slated to open in 2022 as the first 12-story mass timber tower built under the revised 2018 BC Building Code, allowing for provisions for mass timber structures up to 12 stories for interested communities.

Terminus, a LEED-registered building poised to serve residents and businesses, features flexible floor plans with space for lease ranging from 680 square-feet to 13,000 square-feet. The project utilized Structurlam’s CrossLam® CLT and GlulamPLUS® products in tandem with buckling-restrained braces for a warm, striking design.

“The Terminus project sets a high precedent for mass timber construction and meets a variety of structural considerations, including fire ratings, seismic benchmarks and structural performance, all while providing the desired aesthetic,” said Hardy Wentzel, CEO of Structurlam. “The completion of the building is a big win for all involved and we’re looking forward to continuing to work with Design Building Services and Aspect Structural Engineers on Tallwood 1 in the coming months.”

“This building is a perfect example of structure that is driven by both function and design,” said Ilana Danzig, associate principal at Aspect Structural Engineers. “The buckling-restrained braces combined with the modern mass timber create a building that is high-performing without sacrificing on architecture and appearance; in fact, the BRBs and the wood are visually complementary, particularly with the clean and modern detailing used for the mass timber connections.”

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