Solid wood: 600 townhouses, apartments to come in Coquitlam

Massive wood construction is the newest form of housing to come to Coquitlam. Homes sell from $550,000 for a one-bedroom townhouse, with a private exterior entrance.

Coquitlam is an early adopter of mass timber construction, and developers are taking notice.

More than 600 rental condo and apartment units are planned or under construction in mass timber, including a 12-story tower in northwest Coquitlam.

All are located a few blocks from the Burquitlam SkyTrain Station.

Considered a sustainable material because it sequesters carbon instead of creating pollution — as is the case with concrete — and even The British Columbia government has a plan to promote massive wood construction.

So what is solid wood construction?

Buildings made from solid engineered wood products are assembled almost like Lego.

The panels and beams made of glued or fixed layers of wood are transported by truck to the site and put in place by a crane, assembled by teams of carpenters.

In Coquitlam, Adera Development intends to build 500 log homes as it claims the sustainable building material.

COO Rocky Sethi said the homes use SmartWood technology, which is designed to dampen noise, and the homes are designed to include private and communal outdoor spaces, such as rooftop terraces. massive, for people who want “healthier living” options.

The added benefits of solid wood, Sethi said, are that it’s cheaper than concrete and faster to build than typical framing.

He adds that it causes less disruption because fewer workers are needed to construct a building and creates less waste because the panels are pre-fabricated off-site.

Solid wood townhouses on the market

Buyers are snapping up one- and two-bedroom units in Adera’s recently completed building today Duet City Houses (708 Lea Ave.), a 60-unit stacked townhouse project.

Homes sell for between $550,000 for 486 square feet. one-bedroom suite, with a private exterior entrance, and $899,900 for a two-bedroom suite with a 400 square foot. bridge, according to recent Advertisement.

All units have exterior-opening entrance doors, private outdoor spaces, and nooks with trees, plantings, and playgrounds to add nature and play opportunities for young families.

“It’s an urban response to where we are,” Sethi said at a media launch. “It’s a denser form that offers livability.”

Three other Adera mass timber projects include:

  • Duet Flats (707 Como Lake Ave.), already completed with 72 apartments
  • RED Como Lake (717 Como Lake Ave.), currently under construction offering 59 rental apartments ranging from studios to three bedrooms
  • SoL and RED SoL (south side of Como Lake Avenue at Robinson Street), still in the municipal planning stage and expected to offer 201 units in two buildings
    • Including 92 market apartments and 109 rental apartments

Meanwhile, WG Architecture is planning a 12-story tower and a six-story mid-rise apartment with a mix of 200 market and below-market rental units.

This massive lumber development is proposed for 820/826 Dogwood St. and 615/633 Lea Ave, according to the city.

Developers are slow to adopt massive wood construction

Taller buildings are preferred for solid wood because they make the most of the strength of the product while producing fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

However, developers prefer to build concrete towers in areas that allow high-rise zoning or conventional six-story wood-frame buildings in low-density areas.

In an attempt to buck the trend, the city has developed interim measures that provide flexibility, encouraging 12-storey log buildings in appropriate areas, such as shoulder areas that adjoin higher-density neighborhoods, according a city report.

On Tuesday, June 14, Coquitlam Council visited the new Duet City stacked townhouse development to see the benefits of cross-laminated timber construction in the form of a stacked townhouse.

Stacked townhouses are preferred for people who want a private street entrance, and Duet City has been dubbed a “missing middle” housing solution.

“We are thrilled to see this innovation in Coquitlam,” said Mayor Richard Stewart.

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