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Building TALL with Wood in the Future By Nick Bevanda, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, AIA, NCARB All images courtesy CEI Architecture IN NORTH AMERICA, WOOD IN MULTI- STORY STRUCTURES IS BECOMING MORE PREVALENT, WITH SOME INDUSTRY VISIONARIES EXPECTING TO SEE HIGH-RISE WITHIN THEIR LIFETIME. TODAY’S BUILDING CODES, COUPLED WITH ADVANCES IN BUILDING TECHNOLOGY, HAVE EXPANDED THE OPTIONS FOR WOOD CONSTRUCTION. AS THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE BECOME MORE EVIDENT, ALTERNATIVE CONSTRUCTION METHODS SHOULD BE EXPLORED BY ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS. ONE SUCH OPTION IS TO MAXIMIZE USE OF WOOD THROUGHOUT THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. The growing exploration of engineered and hybrid technologies is driving the design of wood buildings to new heights. Such was the inspiration behind CEI Architecture’s design of a proposed 40-story office tower, planned for the realities of contemporary urban office developments in a typical North American city, such as Vancouver. CEI’s objectives for the project—conceived for a design competition by the NAIOP–Commercial Real Estate Development Association with a view to explore the potential for tall wood structures— included a design that would: 22 the construction specifier | march 2014 CS_March_2014.indd 22 2/13/14 10:03 AM