BUILDEX attendees tour mass timber Bayview School in Vancouver

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The original Bayview, which was built in 1913, was demolished and is being replaced by a mass timber structure that will be more resistant to the seismic forces that occasionally rumble in the region. Embury-Williams said Bayview’s mass timber structure, high-performance building envelope and efficient, flexible design make the school “sustainable and future-ready.”

The school, the construction of which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022, will have its initial intake of students in September of that year. The new Bayview School, which will have an area of 3,510 square metres,  will accommodate 365 students, with a preschool, two kindergarten classrooms and another 13 classrooms for Grades one through seven. The cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure will feature large open spaces that span two classrooms and accommodate flexible teaching spaces. The lower level will house administrative offices, classrooms, two multipurpose rooms and a large gymnasium, while the upper level will contain more classrooms and the library. The project incorporates two wood heritage elements from the original school building. An arched window that dates back to 1913 will be used in the interior, and a set of vestibule doors from 1929 will be installed in the main floor corridor.

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