SESSION 6 – MODERN TIMBER STRUCTURES & FACTORY TOUR OF A B.C. MODERN TIMBER OPERATION

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Softwood timbers both solid and engineered in a prefabricated form continue its dramatic growth as a popular building material for its many superior attributes including environmental, strength, technical qualities and aesthetic beauty. Innovations in today’s modern timber structures combine steel and engineered wood integration engineering with unique cladding for a look of solid timber.

In this session we will explore current case studies of spectacular modern timber structures, and through a factory tour visit the production facilities of a modern timber operation located in the scenic interior of British Columbia. Through this virtual live walk through of the manufacturing process, you will explore cutting edge timber frame technology combined with CNC technology and Japanese hand craft skills to deliver the finest quality timber frame construction in North America.  Also discussed will be the critical aspect of the preparation of heavy timbers through the proper drying process as well as timber preservation through a variety of factory finishing options.

  1. Explore cutting edge timber frame technology, CNC technology, and Japanese hand craft skills through a walk through of a modern timber operation
  2. Learn about combining steel and engineered wood integration with solid timber look cladding
  3. Gain knowledge of the preparation of heavy timbers through the proper drying process
  4. Gain knowledge of timber preservation through a variety of factory finishing options for large softwood timbers including Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, and Pacific Coast Hemlock
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