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CLT core used to rapidly build KW women’s shelter

c/o/ Daily Commercial News

Addressing Canada’s housing crisis through programs such as the federal government’s Rapid Housing Initiative is opening the door to more widespread use of mass timber, say the project partners of a recently completed and occupied women’s shelter in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont.

Built on City of Kitchener-donated property, the YW Block Line Road Supportive Housing complex is a 2,130-square-metre, 41-one bedroom unit, four-storey building built entirely with cross laminated timber (CLT), including the stair and elevator shafts. Some glulam beams and columns were used on the ground floor entrance area, with some Douglas fir support the CLT entrance canopy.

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