Wood Innovation in Architecture
CEI recently hosted a roundtable discussion on the future of innovative wood buildings, featuring keynote speaker Hubert Rhomberg, Managing Director of Cree Buildings, Inc. and the Rhomberg Group in Austria. Cree has recently constructed, in record time, the worlds tallest wood office tower. Life Cycle Tower is an eight-floor wood/concrete composite building built in only eight days using Cree’s component structural system.
At CEI, we are excited to contribute to the exploration of opportunities and challenges for these innovative new building systems. CEI’s innovation in wood design has been recognized with an Honourable Mention in the inaugural Office Building of the Future Design Competition, sponsored by NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.
The proposed design is a 40-storey tower predominantly comprised of wood—a material with special relevance to the BC marketplace. “As a firm practicing in BC, we wanted to explore the full potential of designing with wood,” says Nick Bevanda, partner and design lead on the submission. “It has so many inherent benefits, including availability, aesthetic quality, workability and ability to sequester carbon.
CEI was the only Canadian company to receive recognition in the competition, which was open to NAIOP’s 15,000 members across North America.
Learn more about this innovative design here.