The Catherine Lalonde Memorial Award is presented to graduate students who demonstrate excellence in their studies of structural wood or wood design. The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) invites submissions from graduate students in engineering, architecture, wood science and forestry. The projects submitted must demonstrate the direct benefit of structural products manufactured by the Canadian forest products industry.
CWC will be granting two scholarships to graduate students whose wood research transcends the same level of passion that Catherine Lalonde championed relentlessly for the wood/wood products industry as a professional engineer and president of the CWC.
Catherine, a professional engineer, was a passionate representative of our industry who relentlessly championed the use of wood in residential and commercial construction. She was president of the CWC from 2000 to 2003, when sadly she lost her battle with cancer. This award was created to honour Catherine’s memory and to perpetuate the legacy she left to the Canadian forest products industry through her 10 years of work at CWC.
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After being attacked by flames for two hours, steel girders soften and stretch like gum. Concrete reinforcements, burst and break. When subjected to the same test, the solid wood panels used to build the structure of the Origine tower in the eco-district of Pointe-aux-Lièvres (Québec) withstood the blaze for four hours. Read the article.
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Article by Len Garis and Karin Mark.
When assistant deputy fire chief Ray Bryant heard about construction of the tallest wood building in the world in Vancouver, his reaction was predictable. “I thought it was an insane idea,” Bryant said. But once Bryant learned about the compartment-style construction of the student residence at the University of British Columbia, his opinion changed. “I couldn’t believe how safe it is,” he said. Read the article.
This is the first case study of its kind that analyzes four different building types of equal structural and architectural design and identifies the cost discrepancies associated with each one.