We have a tradition here at MSE – we’re often the first to work with new materials, and we’re always up for the challenge with a complex project. We have our clients to thank for this because they come to us with innovative designs and are open to new ideas.
Cross-laminated timber is one of our favourite materials. In Ontario, we engineered the first commercial installation of CLT, and the first retail store built with CLT. When the Ontario Building Code changed in 2015, allowing for wood buildings to go as high as 6-storeys from the previous 4-storey limit, we were ready. We made sure our clients were, too.
We support our clients every step of the way. Your designs may require hybrid structural systems, prefabricated floors and walls, beautiful exposed wood ceilings, uniquely designed balconies, and special performance criteria. It’s all in the details, and we work closely with you to get them right.
Tall wood buildings behave differently from concrete and steel, so we help prepare trades and colleagues for the technical requirements. David Moses and Mary Alexander from MSE recently co-authored Ontario’s Tall Wood Building Reference, a publication which discusses structural engineering and fire safety design.
We take great pride in bringing your ideas to life. Our award-winning portfolio proves we can help make these tall wood buildings possible.