Photos courtesy Bogdan Newman Caranci

What Makes a Great Workplace? Toronto's First NLT Office Building

Designed by Bogdan Newman Caranci, and engineered by Blackwell Structural Engineers, at seven storeys, 77 WADE is the tallest modern mass timber commercial building in Canada. It employs exposed nail-laminated timber (NLT) ceilings and columns as combined structural and decorative features, offering natural warmth and beauty in a contemporary setting.

 

Project Details

77 WADE is situated in The Junction, one of Toronto’s fastest-evolving neighbourhoods, it’s a showcase of new construction techniques, combining organic and industrial elements to create an inventive modern aesthetic

Wood Use

77 WADE is a hybrid timber-concrete and-steel construction, architected to maximize floor space and engineered to minimize environmental impact. Designed by Bogdan Newman Caranci, and engineered by Blackwell Structural Engineers, at seven storeys, 77 WADE is the tallest modern mass timber commercial building in Canada. It employs exposed nail-laminated timber (NLT) ceilings and columns as combined structural and decorative features, offering natural warmth and beauty in a contemporary setting.

Environmental Impact

77 WADE employs a new use of NLT (Nail Laminated Timber) in a wood concrete-steel composite assembly. Designed by Structure Fusion, the components are prefabricated in their Canadian plant and assembled on site. The result of this construction technology is a beautiful exposed natural wood ceiling and finished with polished concrete floors.

For Next Property Group, mass timber construction allows for a contemporary workspace that’s functional, mindful and aesthetically pleasing:

  • Ethically sourced wood is the only renewable resource.
  • Mass timber has a negative carbon footprint, helping tackle global warming.
  • Wood absorbs and releases moisture to improve indoor air quality.
  • Wood offers a feeling of comfort that can contribute to positive social interactions.
  • Wood has a natural warmth that can reduce stress and anxiety.