University of British Columbia – Centre for Advanced Wood Processing – $340,670
Develop deconstructable hybrid connections for the next generation of mass timber prefabricated buildings – this phase tests a full-scale mockup of a shear wall.
Produce testing data on steel-timber composite floors to support design guidance, standards and codes.
Develop design guidelines for large-span timber-based composite floor systems for high-rise office buildings – this phase studies the effect of concrete toppings and the connection between the composite floor with concrete/streel columns or beams.
Deliver educational programs to explore and convey advanced wood processing solutions, such as industrial robotics, mixed reality wood fabrication and prefabrication in wood and mass timber assemblies.
Organize a BC tour to visit prominent mass-timber and prefabricated building system manufacturers.
Design, engineer, prototype, test and conduct cost-benefit analyses to support value-added manufacturers in the development of new wood products.
Develop an online platform and organize a series of networking meetings to foster collaboration between manufacturers and industrial designers in various subsectors of the value-added wood industry.
Organize a prefabrication in wood symposium to bring together architects, engineers and fabricators focusing on: 1) architectural innovation, 2) structural engineering considerations and 3) integrated manufacturing processes and technologies.