The structure was completed less than 70 days after the prefabricated components were first delivered to the site. Construction will now focus on interior elements , with completion expected in early May 2017 -- 18 per cent (or four months) faster than a typical project. The building is expected to welcome more than 400 students in September 2017.
"This remarkable building , the first of its kind in the world , is another shining example of Canadian ingenuity and innovation , an apt demonstration of how Canada's forest industry is finding new opportunities through technology and innovation , opening up a world of possibilities for our forest and construction industries ," said Jim Carr , Canada's Minister of Natural Resources.
Brock Commons is the first mass wood , steel and concrete hybrid project taller than 14 storeys in the world. The building has a concrete podium and two concrete cores , with 17 storeys of cross-laminated-timber floors supported on glue-laminated wood columns. The cladding for the façade is made with 70 per cent wood fibre.
The project is expected to cost approximately $51.5 million , with $47.07 million financed by UBC. Being the first of its kind , it entailed an initial innovation cost and received funding from Natural Resources Canada ($2.34 million) , the Province of B.C. ($1.65 million) , and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council ($467,000).
Wood is a sustainable and versatile building material that stores , rather than emits , carbon dioxide. By using wood , the impact is a reduction of 2,432 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide compared to other construction materials , the equivalent of taking around 500 cars off the road for a year.