The Richmond Olympic Oval is featured in a newly released publication called Naturally Wood, which celebrates innovative uses of timber in architectural projects across British Columbia.
The Oval, which housed the speed skating events for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and currently functions as a multi-use sports and community center, features one of the largest wood roof spans in the world. The roof was fabricated with hybrid glue-laminated timber-steel arches and WoodWave panels that used wood salvaged from pine beetle-killed forests.
Following is an excerpt from the publication expanding on the project’s use of wood:
“By using standard lumber supplied directly from mills in British Columbia, including lumber affected by the mountain pine beetle infestation, the facility demonstrates what can be achieved using a simple, sustainable, and abundant material. In addition to using lumber obtained from local forests, wood ceilings and paneling were milled from trees felled on the site.”
You can download a free digital copy of Naturally Wood on their website.