On September 25, the UBC CSCE Student Chapter welcomed Robert Jackson to present on the Brock Commons Timber building. Robert Jackson is a UBC Alumni and worked intimately as lead structural engineer on the Brock Commons project since its inception. He is also the recipient of the Young Structural Engineering Professional Award, commending his efforts as a skilled individual who is driving his profession forward. This innovative design by Fast+Epp is internationally renowned for its construction of the tallest timber building in the world.UBC_CSCE_FAST_AND_EPP_LUNCH_AND_LEARN_PHOTO

The case study outlined key design considerations whenusing timber extensively. Concerns such as vibrational remediation, timber creep reduction, and cross panel timber shearing forces were outlined, as well as resolution methods.  Major design considerations included prefabrication and on-time delivery of the CLT floor panels and glulam columns. The efficient assembly of Brock Commons, at a speed of two floors per week, was a result of extensive planning and prefabrication.

The goal for this building was to illustrate how timber is a legitimate material to be considered when building high-rises, in both its stability and economic feasibility. We look forward to the opening of this tremendous building on our very own campus in the future.

Our speaker for the event

 Robert Jackson, Project Engineer – Fast + Epp


Robert graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science in Civil Engineering. He is one of the structural design engineers for the UBC Brock Commons tall timber building, and has been intimately involved in the project since its inception. Robert comes from a carpentry background and is the recent recipient of two awards from the Institution of Structural Engineers in London. Most notably, The Young Structural Engineering Professional Award, which is known to showcase diverse and skilled individuals under 30 years old who are driving the profession forward.


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