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Heartwood The Beach: Building with Wood

Toronto’s first mid-rise wood building, Heartwood The Beach, is featured in yesterday’s Metro newspaper:

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“A new type of building is coming to the GTA; the first six-storey wood residential projects are just months away from construction.

Mid-rise buildings, which are generally five to 11 storeys, are an important built form for the future growth of the region and the home building and land development industry wants to construct more of them. Building them is challenging, but the ability to use wood construction helps to make them more achievable.

Wood is a sustainable resource, it’s a lighter material to transfer and work with, it’s faster to build with and it’s ideal for building on small sites, which all leads to making mid-rise buildings more financially feasible.

For years BILD and a number of its partners advocated for legislative change to permit the construction of wood buildings up to six storeys. In January 2015, an amendment to the Ontario Building Code took effect allowing wood construction to this height. Prior to the code change, wood buildings could only be constructed up to four storeys. Since then the development industry has worked to find innovative ways to design, build and market this new type of home and now the first six-storey wood residential projects are just months away from construction.”

First Mid-Rise Toronto
The first mid-rise wood building planned for Toronto: Heartwood The Beach Condos. Click here to learn more about this project.

“One of the first six-storey wood buildings expected to be constructed this summer is Heartwood the Beach. In Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood, it is a partnership of BILD members Fieldgate Urban and Hullmark Developments and is designed by Quadrangle Architects in collaboration with Moses Structural Engineers.

The building will have 37 suites, eight per floor and five unique penthouses and celebrates the use of wood from the outside in. One example is the use of the construction hoarding around the property as a marketing and educational tool explaining the benefits of wood construction.”

Click here to read the full article.

Source: Metro Toronto Newspaper, February 25, 2016, Home section, “Building with Wood.”

More on mid-rise: Would You Believe it? Changing the Way We Build Mid-Rise in Ontario.

Image: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc. Design by Quadrangle Architects Ltd. and Moses Structural Engineers, for Fieldgate Urban and Hullmark Developments Ltd.