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Adera’s Virtuoso celebrates milestone at UBC’s Wesbrook Village

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May 24, 2017 by On-Site Magazine

Photo Credit: Seagate Structures

VANCOUVER – Adera just celebrated the installation of its final mass timber panel at its Virtuoso project in UBC’s Wesbrook Village. The development is the first market condominium project built using mass timber in the form of CrossLam Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) panels supplied by Structurlam Products LP.

Adera, recently recognized with the Design Excellence Award at the 2017 Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National Awards for Housing Excellence, is passionate about its commitment to sustainability and excellence in architectural quality. Introducing luxury wood construction to the industry was a natural evolution for the company, leveraging expertise from nine REAP (Residential Environmental Assessment Program) certified projects in the UBC area.

UBC Properties Trust, the master planners of Wesbrook Village, have recognized practical innovations in mass timber, embracing the use of this technology to construct Brock Commons Tallwood House, the world’s tallest wood frame building. The structure features the use of mass timber materials and completed in less than 70 days, approximately four months faster than a typical project of its size.

Virtuoso showcases Adera’s growing expertise in luxury wood construction, with signature West Coast Modern architecture. The residences embrace a central zen garden and feature up to 850 sq ft of private outdoor space, with expansive rooftop lanais with stunning views just steps from Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

The use of mass timber at Virtuoso gives the structure a sustainable and smart advantage. Luxury wood construction has been proven to meet, or exceed, concrete structures built to code in virtually every way. Mass timber provides legitimate fire resistance, and outperforms concrete in seismic conditions. And wood is a superior renewable building resource.

Prefabricated panels arrive on site ready to install, producing less waste on site. Each floor at Virtuoso consists of approximately 160 CLT panels, which were lifted at a rate of 1 every 12 minutes. Seagate Structures, Adera’s partner for the framing of the building, worked at a phenomenal speed installing 4,500 sq ft of flooring in less than 3 hours.

Mass timber also transmits less airborne and impact sounds between attached homes, which compliments Adera’s Quiet Home technology.

SOURCE Adera Development Corporation

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