Oakville Firestation No.8 CLT Install

Oakville Firestation No.8 CLT install in progress. ASPECT is the specialty mass timber engineer working under Element5 Co. who is responsible for the supply of the mass timber package. is providing the install.

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Cardinal House: A Healthy, Resilient, Mass-Timber Home For First Nations Communities

https://youtu.be/27z6t3eKK7A

ASPECT is proud to be part of the team that developed the Cardinal House. A new home designed to meet the specific needs of First Nations peoples and constructed to withstand the harsh climates where their communities are situated.

The issue of insufficient and sometimes unsuitable housing is one that has plagued Canada’s First Nations for decades. It is a complex problem beset by environmental, logistical, infrastructure and governance challenges. It’s clear that innovative ideas and new ways of thinking must prevail.

ASPECT is the engineer of record for this project and is also responsible for all the mass timber engineering:

The benefits of mass timber construction go far beyond their aesthetic and environmental attributes. Mass timber offers a versatile, high-performance building solution that can meet even the most demanding requirements. The innovative, affordable, energy-efficient home is built out of cross-laminated timber, with high-performance cross-laminated insulated panels (CLIPs) for the building envelope. Prefabricated in a controlled factory setting off-site and shipped on a single truck, the structural panels and roof for the prototype Cardinal House were assembled in a fraction of the time of traditionally built, light frame homes.

Visit Element5's website to learn more about this project.


Meet the Associates – Ilana Danzig

We are proud to announce that Ilana Danzig (P.Eng., M.Eng., PE, SE) has joined the ASPECT team as an associate in our Vancouver office. Ilana graduated from the University of Alberta in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering, and began her career in Vancouver, BC working mainly on institutional projects, recreation facilities, and seismic retrofits. In 2012, Ilana attended the University of British Columbia for a Master's in Structural Engineering studying dynamics, seismic design, and mass timber structures. Her research focused on mass timber engineering in high-seismic zones, particularly connections for CLT diaphragms and shearwalls.

With over a decade of structural engineering experience, Ilana has worked on a wide range of projects in Canada and the US including the UBC Aquatic Centre, the Audain Art Museum, and the Oregon State University College of Forestry.

Experienced in all materials, she is passionate in structural mass timber design and seismic engineering. In her role as Associate at ASPECT, Ilana contributes to the continual improvement of the firm's technical and quality standards, and enthusiastically provides mentorship to our up-and-coming engineers.

 

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
2019

Langford

Langford

The design of two mass timber buildings located in Langford, BC is currently underway: Terminus (5 stories, office) and Tallwood (12 stories, residential). The structural systems have been carefully chosen for each building to balance cost, functionality, and performance. Learn more…

 

Jack James Architect | Langford, BC
2019

UBC Aquatic Centre*

UBC Aquatic Centre*

A sectional split brings light deep into the center of the natatorium plan, where it is reflected or diffused to provide required natural lighting condition. Fully accessible and inclusive, while visually symbolizing the eminent venue of international competition. Designed to LEED Gold standards, the project focuses on daylighting, innovative water re-use and air quality strategies that are precedent-setting for North American aquatic facilities. Learn More…

  

Acton Ostry Architects / MJMA | Vancouver, BC
2018
2018

Radium Hot Springs Community Centre*

Radium Hot Springs Community Centre*

The Radium Hot Springs Community Hall and Library was built using an innovative DLT roof structure supported by glue laminated timber (glulam) beams and columns.  Local sourcing was integrally important to the project. This project as featured on naturally:wood

 

Urban Arts Architecture | Radium, BC
2017
2017

OSU Advanced Wood Products Center*

OSU Advanced Wood Products Center*

The Oregon Forest Science Complex uses advanced wood products including cross-laminated timber made in Oregon. The complex showcases Oregon State’s premier forestry and wood science initiatives and devotion to improving our forest landscapes and ecosystems. Learn More.

 

Michael Green Architecture | Corvallis, OR
2015
2015

Audain Art Museum*

Audain Art Museum*

A beautiful, dynamic project that literally wraps users around nature, blurring the boundaries between man-made and natural. It creates a cultural magnet to help educate not only art, but eco-friendly design. Featured in Architect Magazine.

 

Patkau Architects | Whistler, BC

*Work performed prior to joining Aspect

 

PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS

Ilana not only has engineered many state of the art building she also gives back to the engineering community through her publications and talks such as:

The Audain Art MuseumPublished in Structural Engineering International 2017
Cross-laminated timber shear connections with double-angled self-tapping screw assembliePublished in ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering2016
Technical Guide for the Design and Construction of Tall Wood Buildings in CanadaContributor and Peer Reviewer – Published by FPInnovations2013
Mass Timber Lateral Framing SystemsWood Solutions Fairs throughout the US with WoodWorks2017
Mass Timber ConnectionsLecture tour through Texas with WoodWorks2017
Timber Design: The Next GenerationConferences in Victoria and Kelowna with WoodWORKS! BC2015

 

ASPECT couldn't be happier to have Ilana as a key member of our team. Our Associates are some of the best in the structural engineering business, learn more about our Associates.

 


Meet the Associates – Andrew Seeton

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Seeton (P.Eng., M.A.Sc.) has joined the ASPECT team as an associate in our Vancouver office.

Andrew joins ASPECT Structural Engineers with 14 years of structural design experience. In addition to residential and commercial projects, he has extensive experience in the design of institutional facilities including schools, hospitals, community centres, and airports.

Andrew brings a high standard of care to his projects and is motivated to build solutions through teamwork. He has a passion for seismic design that was established during his graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. He has been trained in the Ministry of Education SRG (Seismic Retrofit Guidelines). Andrew is also an active member of the structural engineering community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Structural Engineers Association of BC.

 

SELECTED PROJECTS

2019
2019

Bowen Island Community Centre

Bowen Island Community Centre

This facility brings together a number of programmes under one roof: arts and recreation, the offices and Council Chambers of the municipal hall, and a community ‘living room’ where residents can gather and connect on a daily basis.

Drawing on the unique building traditions of Bowen Island, the project prioritizes connection between community activities, and close integration with the landscape. Learn More

 

Principle Architecture | Bowen Island, BC
2019

1313 East Pender

1313 East Pender

Five storeys of retail and office space. The structure consists of reinforced concrete with mass timber at the upper storeys.
Learn More

 

Taylor Kurtz Architecture + Design | Vancouver, BC
2019

Kitsilano Secondary School Renewal*

Kitsilano Secondary School Renewal*

Key features of the renewal of Kitsilano Secondary School include the construction of a new academic wing, an all-weather playing field, three gymnasiums, a 350-seat theatre and outdoor learning spaces. The school’s historic facade was retained and ensures that the renewed school will be immediately recognizable. Large expanses of glass and abundant natural light create open and inviting central spaces. These areas, along with spaces designed for individual and collaborative group work, facilitate educational approaches that are at the heart of modern learning. This project is LEED® Gold certified. Learn More

 

KMBR | Vancouver, BC
2019

Deerfoot City Mall*

Deerfoot City Mall*

A master planned retail destination: Deerfoot City Mall. Shops, restaurants and entertainment positioned for an infusion of vibrancy, creating natural social zones that will bring people together all year long. Open-air boulevards, stunning landscapes and beautiful architecture. Learn More

 

DIALOG | Calgary, AB
2019

ARIEL at TRIUMF*

ARIEL at TRIUMF*

The Advanced Rare Isotope Laboratory (ARIEL) is TRIUMF’s flagship multidisciplinary research facility, expanding Canada’s capabilities to produce and study isotopes for physics and medicine. ARIEL is unique, as the building itself is one of the many components of the machine. The form of the 5-level concrete building is strongly influenced by the pathway of the beam lines associated with the electron linear accelerators and Cyclotron, and the technical requirements of both the space and safety. Learn More

 

Chernoff Thompson Architects | Vancouver, BC

*Work performed prior to joining ASPECT

 

ASPECT is thrilled to have Andrew as a key member of our team. Our Associates are some of the best in the structural engineering business, learn more about our Associates.


Affordable Passive House Apartments Planned for East Van

We are happy to announce a new affordable passive house apartment building planned for East Vancouver. We are proud to be working with the Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency (VAHA), Community Land Trust and New Commons Development on this project, Architecture is by ZGF.

The project was featured in Urban YVR:

Kingsway and Windsor in East Vancouver will soon see the addition of a 12-storey apartment building with 88 social housing units.

All the homes are rental and will be offered at below market rental rates.

The new building at 1001 Kingsway will be built to Passive House standards and consists of a six-storey podium mass and a six-storey tower, made up of panelized and mass timber construction.

Read the full article here.


Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium

Join Duncan Bourke of ASPECT for a full day of seminars and an industry showcase, at the Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium It promises to pack an informational punch for architects, engineers, contractors, developers, code officials and anyone interested in wood’s exciting design possibilities. This event is organized by WoodWorks at Pennsylvania Convention Center (September 19, 2019).

Duncan will present Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills:

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This session focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on connection design options ranging from commodity fasteners and pre-engineered wood products to custom-designed solutions. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire, and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Learn More about this course and register here.


Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

Join Bernhard Gafner and Adam Gerber of ASPECT for this free webinar on Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills with WoodWorks (August 14, 2019):

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This webinar focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on connection design options ranging from commodity fasteners and pre-engineered wood products to custom-designed solutions. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire, and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Learn More about this course and register here.


Distillery District Tower at DRP

ASPECT is thrilled to work with the team on the mass timber portion of this new development in the Distillery District.

proposal for the development of a 29-story tower with a “heritage feel” and timber interior that creates the feeling of an old industrial warehouse.

Two developers and two design firms have come together to collaborate in this effort: DreamCityscapeShoP Architects and Quadrangle.

Read the full article on BlogTO.com

 

ASPECT'S contribution will be:

On the inside of "The Ribbon", mass timber construction is being considered for its warm feel—the use of a timber structural system could add a historical aspect by replicating the common structural system of Toronto's old industrial warehouses, while simultaneously adding a contemporary aspect by joining a growing roster of new buildings in Toronto using mass timber following the recent changes to the Ontario Building Code.

Read the full article on urbantoronto.ca

Image: Rendering looking west along the Ribbon, image courtesy of Dream and CityScape.

 


Aspect Opens New Toronto Office

We are super excited to announce the opening of our Toronto office at 200-53 Jarvis Street. Aspect TO will help us better serve our clients and projects on the east coast, and allows us to bring a fresh structural perspective to an amazing city.


Mass Timber Connections Workshops, Austin

Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills. This week our folks are leading workshops in Texas. Still time to come and join us!

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This course focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on design options for connection solutions ranging from commodity fasteners, pre-engineered wood products and custom-designed connections. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Allison DenToom, P.Eng., P.E., LEED Green Associate, ASPECT Structural Engineers

Allison’s expertise is with the design of multi-family residential buildings high-end single-family residences. From cozy cabins to 30,000-sf (and larger) estates, she is well-versed in projects of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Allison is passionate about architecturally expressive structures and prides herself on providing the high level of attention that is required to create a successful finished project.

Bernhard Gafner, P.Eng, MIStructE, CEng, Dipl. Ing., ASPECT Structural Engineers

Bernhard has a decade of international building design and construction experience, having worked in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. He has a degree in Timber Engineering from Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, is a Member of the Association of Professional Engineers in BC, and is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers UK. He offers a unique skill set in the field of structural engineering due to his hands-on experience as a licensed carpenter. While possessing expertise in timber engineering, Bernhard is proficient in all major building materials. He believes in using the right material for the right project. He has an excellent track record in developing concepts for structural systems and connection details – creating innovative and cost-efficient solutions.

Learn more about the course