Recognized as pushing the envelope for creative use of wood in a commercial building, the UBC building features a gravity-defying wood staircase, more than 1,300 tons of British Columbia-sourced and engineered cross-laminated timbers (CLT) and a mixture of Douglas Fir, laminated strand lumber and CLT pine. Sansin coating on the UBC wood stairs comprises Sansin KP-11™, Sansin ENS™ and Sansin Purity Floor™.
The UBC Building represents a growing trend to use more wood in construction for durability and sustainability. According to the Canadian Wood Council, wood performs equally well or better than other building materials. Additionally, engineered wood products offer a strong combination of environmental performance and sustainability, design flexibility, cost-competitiveness and structural integrity.
“When people think of massive structures, they tend to think of steel, glass or concrete. But the UBC Earth Systems Sciences Building proves that wood is an incredible, resilient building material that can last for centuries. It also conveys a grace and beauty that only gets better over time, especially with durable coatings that let the natural grain shine through,” said Sjoerd Bos, VP at Sansin.
Sansin Products Featured on the UBC Building:
Sansin KP-11™ is a concentrated, penetrating, low-VOC coating that provides a long-term protective undercoat for millwork and wood products that are subject to wet conditions. Sansin KP-11 is designed to reduce swelling, wood rot and moisture absorption.
Sansin ENS™ is a two-coat, low-VOC protective finish that provides exceptional beauty for long-lasting durable protection with a finish that highlights the wood’s natural character. ENS™ offers an extremely tough finish that will absorb dents without chipping. Sansin ENS™ is ultra-UV resistant and will not darken over time.
Sansin Floor™ is a technologically advanced, water-born alkyd gymnasium grade floor finish that is UV resistant, washable, low in VOCs, high in solids, and non-flammable - with easy soap and water clean-up. Sansin Floor™ provides exceptional clarity that enhances the natural beauty of the floor without the plastic reflection found in acrylics.
Architect: Perkins & Will, Vancouver office
Engineer: Bernard Gafner, Equilibrium Consulting Ltd.
Contractor: Bird Construction
Wood structure: Structurlam Products Penticton
Assembly of wood structure and wood finishing: Nicola Logworks
Wood finishes: Sansin Corporation
For 25 years, Sansin has been the only wood protection company focused exclusively on researching, developing, and introducing environmentally-