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Bayview Elementary School

This project includes the construction of a new, two-storey school built to LEED Gold standards. The original, 100-year-old, three-storey school was demolished. It held multiple heritage pieces that will be salvaged and incorporated into the new build. These items include a set of 1929 vestibule doors, an arched window from 1913, and two church pews.

Apart from the architectural pieces incorporated into the design, the entire school will be a remarkable CLT (cross-laminated timber) above-grade structure that will include CLT interior, exterior, and core walls as well as CLT suspended floor and roof panels - many of which will be left exposed.

Our team is currently collaborating with the Vancouver School Board and consultants to ensure impacts on the surrounding neighborhood are minimized and all the mature trees surrounding the site are protected. 

During the beginning of construction, we found that the soils under the existing structure were above landfill limits and contained deleterious materials. This meant our team needed to complete a bulk excavation on site.

Virtual design and construction (VDC) were pivotal to our construction process. We used the innovative process to prefabricate the mechanical room and the CLT panels. Building information modeling (BIM) and PowerBI were also used to track the 3D progress of the CLT install. 

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