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April 17, 2015

Interior Residential (British Columbia)
The Remy

Photo courtesy of Showtime Contracting
A massive fire during construction destroyed two of the buildings in the The Remy apartment complex.

Location: Richmond

Contractor: Showtime Contracting

Architect: Cotter Architects

Team: Bailey Metal Products, CertainTeed Gypsum, CGC, Dryco Building Supplies, Hilti

The Remy is a master-planned urban village and the first six-story, wood-framed residential development permitted in British Columbia. It was developed, built and designed by Oris Consulting, Penta Builders Group, Cotter Architects and Jane McCutcheon Designs.

The Remy consists of three buildings with 81 affordable and 178 market-rate apartments for low-income seniors, singles, and families. Amenities include day care, a modern gym, private movie theater, professionally landscaped garden, guest parking and bicycle storage.

The Built Green design focuses on making life more comfortable, conserving water and energy, and protecting the environment. It features energy-efficient geothermal heating and cooling, co-op cars, green roofing and maximum soundproofing.

The project was challenged by a massive fire destroying two entire buildings. One building was not yet framed and the day care building was severely damaged. Fire separation walls between the two buildings were nearly completed but did not withstand the severity of the heat. The gypsum firewall system was designed to allow for collapse of the wood frame on one side during a fire without causing collapse of the firewall.

The firewalls now consist of two layers of 1-inch Densglass Gold Shaftliner board assembled with 2-inch track and H-stud, and fastened with custom-made aluminum burn clips slotted for deflection purposes. The day care center, located away from the residential building, was framed with high-strength steel and sheathed with 5/8-inch Densglass Gold.

After much remedial work to the concrete, rebuilding The Remy was completed a year and a half later.

Judge’s comment: “B.C.’s first six-story, wood-framed residential development features an eco-friendly design and modern living environments. The build team faced many challenges when a massive fire destroyed much of the project but did an excellent job of bringing the job to full completion despite the setback.”

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