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UBC Bioenergy Research & Demonstration Facility

UBC Properties Trust
Vancouver, British Columbia
The Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility represents the first biomass cogeneration project created in North America. The LEED Gold facility is the first to clean and condition biomass into an engine fuel grade synthesis gas that’s injected into an internal combustion engine used to generate electricity. The bioenergy research plant’s design is to generate enough clean electricity to power 1,500 homes and reduce the University of British Columbia's natural gas consumption by up to 12%.

UBC’s Bioenergy Facility is set amongst trees and enhanced with natural landscaping to visually support its integration into the existing UBC campus. The four-story building was constructed using cross-laminated timber, (an innovative wood based structural system that demonstrates a low carbon, and low environmental impact), glulam, and concrete. At the time of construction, it was the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in Canada.

Ledcor worked closely with team to develop procedures for the design, manufacturing, and installation of CLT panels and glulam beams, as this was a relatively groundbreaking type of building. Construction of the building was completed in two phases. Phase one involved site preparation, foundations, and coordinating the facility handover with the client's partner and equipment supplier for them to install the energy plant’s major equipment. Phase two included the completion of the structure around the newly installed equipment.

This project won a Gold Award of Excellence from the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.