Greening the Neighbourhood
Located in Griffintown, Montreal, the 597,560-square-foot Arbora project aimed to offer 434 condo, townhouse, and rental units in 3 eight-story buildings all with a budget of $130 million CAD.
A truly green approach resulted in the buildings only taking up 55% of the ground surface. The remaining 40% would be occupied with green space, including an urban forest with an art station, large interior courtyard, and park.
With its three 8-story buildings, the structure is constructed entirely of mass timber. The bearing partition walls of the load resistance system are built with FSC-certified cross-laminated timber and the gravitational/vertical load resistance system is a post and beam structure of FSC certified glulam supplied by Nordic Structures.
The mass-timber panels are held together by wooden tongues or nailed metal, and self-tapping screws are used to assemble the beams and columns. Generous, open floor plans and 9-foot ceilings complement the timber’s warm aesthetic.
Prefabricated panels cut to the required dimensions were shipped to the site from a plant in Chibougamau, Québec.
Arbora is aiming for LEED platinum certification.
Nordic Structures, Les consultants LGL, L2C