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TALL with Wood
in the Future
By Nick Bevanda, Architect AIBC, MRAIC,
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:
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