Session Information

Modern Wood Buildings: Naturally Innovative

Date: Wednesday, March 2

Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Format: Panel Discussion

Despite being one of the world’s oldest construction materials, we are only now beginning to harness its potential in new, modern buildings, due to the very sophisticated, high-performance engineered wood products that are available today.  Speakers are prominent champions of sustainability benefits of advanced wood products and systems in building construction, including a world renowned speaker on sustainability in architecture; an expert in the field of timber engineering, a professional responsible for development of UBC’s institutional buildings including a new student residence that will be one of the tallest wooden buildings in the world, at 18 stories. This session will share environmental benefits of modern wood buildings, followed by Q&A. Conference attendees seeking more info may also visit the Natural Resources Canada booth within the Government of Canada pavilion to view a model display of a tall wood building.  

A panel session hosted by Natural Resources Canada

Topic Speakers

Robert belongs to a rare breed of university-trained, specialized timber engineers. Following graduation with a Master’s degree from Warsaw Technical University, Robert set his eyes on Canada, for an opportunity to study at UBC under the world renowned professor and practicing engineer Borg Madsen, inventor of the now widely used timber rivet connection system.

During his last year at UBC, Robert was offered a position with J. Novacek & Associates, a leading innovative Vancouver consulting firm in the field of timber engineering. Robert spent four years with Novacek, where he carried out the structural design of a number of landmark projects such as the Odlum Drive condominium project with architect Peter Cardew and the Engine 374 enclosure at the Vancouver Roundhouse.

In 1997, Robert co-founded Equilibrium Consulting Inc. Through his career, Robert has worked on over 600 projects, several of which have received awards, including the Hooded Merganzer Restaurant in Penticton with Nick Bevanda Architect and the Art Gallery of Ontario Galleria Italia with architect Frank Gehry, one of the most complex timber structures ever built.

Robert is a long-standing member of the O86 “Engineering Design in Wood” code committee, and a member of the recently formed CLT code committee. Robert is regularly invited to lecture on the subject of timber engineering at national and international symposiums and conferences. Robert is committed to sustainability and energy performance, and was involved in the design of the first “Passivhaus” projects in Canada.