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Canada’s Tall Wood-Mass Timber Introduced to Korea

Sunny Kim

By Sunny Kim

Program Manager / Market Development & Market Access, Canada Wood Korea

March 24, 2017

Robert Malczyk, principal engineer of Vancouver-based firm Equilibrium Consulting, visited South Korea to give a guest lecture on “Mass Timber”.

On December 20th, the Korea Forest Research Institute (KFRI) held a ‘Seminar with Experts on Canadian Tall Wood-Mass Timber’ with the goal of improving domestic technological strengths and to encourage mutual co-operation among experts to promote tall wood-mass timber in Korea. At the seminar, KFRI officials and wood frame construction experts of Korea discussed advanced technologies related with Canada’s tall wood-mass timber and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) with the guest Canadian speakers.

The first lecture was given by Colin Chornohus, Branch Manager of Structurlam Products, who introduced advanced manufacturing technologies for CLT and raised understanding on CLT with a video showing the construction of an 18-story tall wood-mass timber using CLT in six weeks.

Floating Staircase at UBC’s Earth Sciences Building

The second lecture was given by Robert Malczyk, Principal of Equilibrium Consulting Inc. of Canada, who explained how wood-mass timber is constructed and the efficiency of wood-mass timber, receiving great responses from the audience.

Lastly, Prof. Ki Cheol Bae of University of Ulsan explained the progress of the CLT Dormitory (provisional title), which is a five-story wood-mass timber planned by KFRI. This five-story wood-mass timber will be the first of its kind in Korea and will be constructed in Yeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Currently, the design drawing is completed with the cooperation of the Yeongju government and upon receiving legal advice. The final phase of the seminar was a Q&A and discussion session between speakers and participants.

18 Storeys of Wood at UBC’s Brock Commons

Korean wood frame construction circles are continuously making efforts for tall wood-mass timber such as the KFRI holding a seminar by inviting experts from Canada to learn about Canada’s tall wood-mass timber technology and planning a five-story wood frame construction by transferring the advanced technologies of Canada to Korea.