District 56 Terminus

Langford, BC

The District 56 Terminus Office Building is a 5-storey mass timber post and beam building that contains the first ever steel Buckling Restrained Braces housed within a timber frame. Terminus is located in Langford, BC, one of the highest seismic regions of North America. As such, the lateral system needed to be highly ductile while allowing the wood to be exposed. Rather than mix steel beams and columns with wood, the design team elected to develop a glulam frame that provided the overstrength and drift compatibility needed for a BRB system. The final result is an attractive and ductile hybrid lateral system that is the first of its kind.


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