Langley is set to become the home of the Fraser Valley’s first ever residential mass timber development.
Legacy on Park Avenue is the first six storey mid-rise project in the Fraser Valley that uses mass timber in the form of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). The Canadian Wood Council has confirmed this is also the very first application in Canada for a CLT Firewall.
The project at 204 St. and Park Avenue includes 69 two and three-bedroom condominiums. Construction is underway with completion slated for July 2020.
Built by MDM Construction, the project showcases a unique architectural design made possible by the CLT panels used in its construction. The project’s curved balconies were a key element of the design that could only be brought to fruition with the use of CLT panels.
“The speed, fit, and finish of the CLT panels cannot be matched in conventional framing. The materials’ ability to span in two directions at the same time have opened up new structural framing possibilities, says Steve Rempel, partner at MDM Construction.
Beyond the design capabilities, the prefabricated engineered wood panels are a sustainable alternative to traditional materials like concrete, and help reduce the transfer of heat and noise by approximately 35 per cent the rate of a concrete system.
The provincial government recently announced it was updating the building code to increase the allowable height of wood construction from six stories to 12.