Justin Brown pointing at wood for UBC CSCE's StructureCraft Tour

The UBC CSCE Student Chapter organized a tour to the StructureCraft office in Delta, BC. The visit included a presentation as well as tour of StructureCraft’s in-house fabrication shop.

Justin Brown pointing at wood for UBC CSCE's StructureCraft Tour

Justin Brown pointing at wood for UBC CSCE’s StructureCraft Tour

Justin Brown, a past member of the Chapter and now structural engineer at StructureCraft, headed the tour. The presentation covered high profile projects that StructureCraft has undertaken and successfully completed. Justin went over the design and construction of the T3 building in Minneapolis, introducing many of the attendees to novel wood construction techniques that StructureCraft has pioneered. Using these techniques, the project was able to save substantial cost while also optimizing the build process.

UBC CSCE Members Up Close With Structural Timber

UBC CSCE Members Up Close With Structural Timber

The shop tour allowed the students to see the practical side of the structural engineering business and the interface between design and construction. Most of the wood products that the students learn about in their courses were on display at the shop. The tour was introduced to the concept of modular construction where much of the structure is assembled in the shop itself and shipped out to site saving a significant amount of time and requiring much less manpower.


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.