Rendering of Bayview Elementary School made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels

Bayview Elementary School Seismic Replacement

Vancouver, B.C. Canada

A New Sustainable Goal for a New Generation

Delivering a net CO, benefit of 1,137 metric tons, this new two-storey school will accommodate 365 students, with a preschool, two kindergarten classrooms and 13 classrooms for grades one through seven. The lower level will house administrative offices, classrooms, two multipurpose rooms and a large gymnasium, while the upper level will contain more classrooms and the library.

A Robust Design for a Flexible Learning Environment

Throughout the pre-construction and design phases, we worked closely with the architect and engineer to deliver a school experience focused on collaborative learning spaces. This included widening corridors, while allowing for break-out rooms, seating, hang-out space, and flexible spaces for informal learning options.

Meeting All Seismic Requirements

To comply with seismic requirements, we ensured the CLT system serves double duty as both gravity and shear walls to resist the high seismic forces of the region. The gymnasium and multipurpose spaces in the lower level are comprised of a composite double-T design, combining CLT with glulam beams to form 16 metre long spanning panels.

Rendering credit: Francl Architecture

SPF Mass Timber Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) Wall


CLT – Spruce; Glulam - Fir


Design-Bid-Build; Detailing; CNC-machining; Hardware Pre-assembly


Francl Architecture

Fast + Epp

Chandos Construction


January 2022

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