Nine months into construction, crews in Prince George, B.C., have unveiled the facade of the first high-rise built entirely of wood.
Standing 30 metres high, the Wood Innovation Design Centre at 5th Avenue and George Street will be the tallest modern all-wood building in the world when it’s completed.
“Once we leave the ground, there’s nothing but wood,” said the building’s architect, Michael Green. “It’s a really unique project from that point of view.”
The province gave Mr. Green’s firm special permission to build the university and office space as a pilot project outside the rules of British Columbia’s building code, which has a six-storey limit for wood construction. The high-ceilinged building will have six storeys, but be as tall as most 10-storey high-rises.