China Unveils Groundbreaking Mass Timber Construction in Landmark Hospital Project

By: Lance Tao

Export Development Program, Canada Wood Group

In Jiangsu Province, China, an innovative construction project has recently made headlines for being the first in the nation to utilize a “wood-concrete composite structure” for large scale buildings. The Jiangsu Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital, leverages a unique construction technique that integrates wood and concrete to achieve a balance between strength, sustainability, and seismic resilience.

The glulam used in this project meets rigorous standards, being certified under the Glulam Certification Program. This program is a collaborative effort between Canada Wood China and the China Academy of Building Research (CABR), aimed at promoting the use of high-quality, sustainable wooden construction materials in China.

The certification by Canada Wood/CABR plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality and sustainability of the wooden components used in the project. By adhering to these standards, the project not only benefits from the strength and flexibility of wood but also contributes to a more sustainable construction paradigm. The use of certified glulam products aligns with China’s increasing focus on sustainable development and the reduction of carbon emissions in the construction sector.

This project’s approach, combining traditional materials with innovative construction methods, showcases the potential of wood-concrete composite structures in modern architecture, particularly in regions prone to seismic activity. The Jiangsu Provincial Rehabilitation Hospital project represents a significant step forward in the construction industry, demonstrating how certified sustainable materials can be effectively utilized in hospital building designs.