“It utilizes the very best innovative design in engineered wood to symbolically bring together the meeting of the forest and the sea.” – RJC engineers
The BC ferries Departure Bay Terminal by Clive Grout Architects has been awarded locally for its innovative wood design. Used extensively in a structure dominated by the featured floating roof, the building connects ocean to forest & traveler to land. Designed with sustainability as a requisite – innovative structural systems, natural day lighting, a sophisticated Sea Loop heat exchange system and a radiant heat floor slab – as well as being able to withstand the wet and windy climate of the lower mainland, it achieved a LEED silver rating and sets a new standard for buildings of this ilk. Making use of large overhangs to keep rain off the buildings corners, the design’s arrow like shape provides direction in a beautiful building that welcomes 300,000 visitors a year.
Photography by Micheal Elkin