Boundary Bay Fire Hall wins Wood Design Award

The Boundary Bay Fire Hall & Training Centre has won a 2019 Wood Design & Building Award in the Canadian Wood Council Award category.

Boundary Bay Fire Hall, located approximately 60 kilometers south of Vancouver, serves as both a satellite fire hall for the Delta Fire & Emergency Services as well as the Department’s Regional Training Facility and the City’s Municipal Emergency Operations Centre.

The building is constructed almost entirely out of wood above grade and uses exposed glulam beams and post disaster wood frame throughout the interior millwork.

Wood was integrated not only for aesthetics but also to capture the advantages of wood to wood connections, providing unique and cost-effective seismic detailing, which is required for a post disaster firehall.

Boundary Bay Fire Hall

This also enabled the design team to reveal the structural system as the final finish in many parts of the building, bringing the impact of the wood structure into the overall theme of flexibility.

Key to the success of this system was to integrate the heavy timber with the dimensional lumber through an integrated shop drawing process which saw the Framers, Glulam suppliers, Structural Engineers, Architects and Construction Managers work together through a series of digital meetings to work out all aspects of the coordination before the wood elements arrived on site. This enabled the erection of the super structure to be installed at a fast and efficient pace.

The Wood Design & Building Awards, launched in 1984, recognizes excellence in wood architecture and design in North American and international projects. Six projects were recognized by the jury with the Honor award, seven with Merit, seven with Citation, five with Canadian Wood Council Awards and four projects with Sponsorship Awards. The awards are a partnership of the Canadian Wood Council and Wood Design & Building Magazine.

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