The ESSB Building in Vancouver, Canada

Timber-concrete composite structures used in seismic regions

Timber-concrete composite floors are often used to meet particularly demanding structural specifications or to provide a high degree of insulation. The newly constructed Earth System Science Building (ESSB) is a multi-story laboratory and office building at the University of Vancouver that had to fulfil both criteria. Furthermore, the building is located in a seismic region. Whereas the original design had fully relied on reinforced concrete, about half of the building complex was constructed in a timber/wood composite design thanks to the Wood First Act initiative. As a result, the entire...

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