First Nations Health Authority Metro Vancouver Office


9,000 square metres





Structural Engineer


Mechanical Engineer


Project Materials

Cross-laminated timber (CLT)

Glue-laminated timber (Glulam)

Structural Systems

Hybrid / Other

Mass timber


Post + beam


Exposed mass timber construction will give the First Nations Health Authority a new Metro Vancouver office that envelops employees in the biophilic benefits of wood and pays homage to the Coast Salish people’s plank house tradition.

  • Features open office configuration along with social spaces for meetings, gatherings, cultural activities, education, and demonstrations.
  • Located on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation Land in North Vancouver of the Coast Salish People, the project’s ample use of wood reflects the community’s ancestral architecture.
  • Post-and-beam timber structure with glulam beams and columns will support cross-laminated timber (CLT) floors and a CLT roof.

A mass timber office design that takes inspiration from historical First Nations architecture

TheFirst Nations Health Authority(FNHA) choseto construct theirMetro Vancouver Officeusing primarily mass timber. Theproject’sample use of woodwas chosen forits cultural connections and sustainability benefits.The6-storeyfacility,located on theTsleil-WaututhNation Land in North Vancouver,will pay homage to the Coast Salish people by evoking the plank house tradition and be built ofglue-laminated timber(glulam)beams andcross-laminated timber(CLT)floor and roof panels.

Designedto expose as much mass timber as possible, the interior spaces will takeadvantageof biophilic design principles.The building is primarily anoffice,along with social spaces for meetings, gatherings, cultural activities, education, and demonstrations.

Creating a sense of spacious interconnectivity and transparency

Thehybrid mass timberbuilding structure uses two concrete building cores containing the building’s exit stairs and elevators as the major seismic resisting system. A post-and-beam timber structurewith glulam beams and columns will support CLT floors and a CLT roof. The projectwill use steel connections between columnsto carry the vertical load path from floor to floor and bypass the CLT floor panels. Concealed beam hangers will connect the columns to beams in order to meet fire protection requirements.

Araised floor system will maximize the flexibility for adapting the spaces over the life of the building. Keeping the CLT ceilings as free of services as possible takes full advantage of the wood structure’s aesthetic beauty.Unique to the building’s design are two large openings in the middle of the floorplatefor an open staircase and the building’s main mechanical shaft.室外by a skylight楼梯将延伸到所有人开放标准ls andwill give the interior architecture a sense of spacious interconnectivity and transparency.

A demonstration project industry can learn from

The projectis using a traditionaldesign-bid-builddelivery method and using an openpre-qualifiedbid process for contractor and mass timber.As a result, the mass timber structure was kept generic to all potential suppliers andthe project was developed throughpre-construction consultingand the team’s knowledge of mass timber.The design team will take advantage of the latest in virtual design and 3D modellingfor planning the prefabrication of the timber structure.As a demonstration project,theFirst Nations Health Authority Metro Vancouver Officewillinclude writtencase studiesthat can be sharedwiththe broader design and constructionindustry. Thiswill cover such topics as quantifyingthe costs of mass timber construction, the effectiveness of different weather projection措施,recommendationsrelated to a mass timber moisture management plan.

The project, designed as a LEED Silver equivalent, is pursuing Salmon-Safe certification to protect stream habitats and is designed tomeetthe Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification.

The Mass Timber Demonstration Program (MTDP) provides funding for incremental costs in the design and construction of buildings that showcase emerging or new mass timber and mass timber hybrid building systems and construction processes. The program supports jobs and employment recovery in the design, engineering, construction, and product manufacturing sector. BC industry will benefit from lessons learned, results, and research findings that can help support future mass timber projects in the province. Learn more

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