Links to Companies, organizations mentioned in ‘the Cobbe interview‘.

Bird Construction
Bird Construction has been providing construction services to a long list of new and repeat clients since 1920… View Buildings; Mass Timber – includes East Hants Aquatic Centre in Elmsdate, NS. Patrick Crabbe is Director of Mass Timber at Bird, from Linkedin: “Patrick joined Bird in 2018 and has been a key contributor to the advancement of the Mass Timber Center of Excellence, which is a key strategic initiative for Bird. ”

Atlantic Woodworks
“Atlantic WoodWORKS! (initiated in 2011) is a non-profit program that partners with governments and industry to expand the use of regionally produced wood products in non-residential and multi-family construction markets by providing technical support, hosting educational events, and promotional services.”

Canadian Wood Council
“Founded in 1959, the Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is Canada’s unifying voice for the wood products industry…Our mission is to support our members by accelerating market demand for wood products and championing responsible leadership through excellence in codes, standards, and regulations. We also deliver technical support and knowledge transfer for the construction sector through our market leading WoodWorks program.”

Brock Commons Tallwood House
“Brock Commons Tallwood House is an innovative 18 storey tall wood hybrid building at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The wood structure was complete less than 70 days after the prefabricated components arrived on site, approximately four months faster than a typical project of this size…Brock Commons Phase 1 is an 18-story hybrid mass timber residence at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The building is comprised of 17 stories of mass timber construction above a concrete podium and two concrete stair cores. The floor structure consists of 5-ply cross laminated timber (CLT) panels supported on glued-laminated timber (glulam) columns. The roof is made of prefabricated sections of steel beams and metal decking.”

Who are the major mass timber manufacturers in Canada currently? Patrick Cobbe: “So there’s eight in Canada now, major manufacturers, starting from east to West you have Art Massif which is kind of on the border of New Brunswick & Quebec, in Saint Jacques, Quebec. Then you have Nordic which is based in Chibougamou Quebec. Then you have Goodfellow in in Montreal. I will say that Art Massif, going back to the first one, they manufacture glulam. Nordic structures does cross laminated timber and glulam. Goodfellow in Montreal QC, they do glulam, Element5 which is the newest one, based in St. Thomas Ontario, they do cross laminated timber and gluelam; then you have Western Archrib which is between Manitoba and Alberta and they do glulam; and Kaliishnakov, Castlegar BC, they do cross laminated timber and glulam and then the Mercer Group which formally acquired Structurelam based in Penticton; and then one of the newer plants in Conway, Arkansas, they do both products and then Structurecraft which is based Abbottsford. BC -they are more of a of an engineer design-assist company but they also have the ability to manufacture a panel product called dowel-laminated.”

East to West as cited by Patrick Cobbe (None currently in NS):

  1. Art Massif
    In Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Que.  “Driven by excellence and creative challenges since 2010, Art Massif designs and manufactures original, superior-quality glued-laminated timber structures that redefine the limits of what’s possible.”
  2. Nordic Structures
    “With Chantiers Chibougamau, Nordic Structures [Montreal] benefits from more than 50 years of expertise and innovation in wood processing. The company is now integrating Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) into its product range. It also offers technical support to architects and engineers.”
  3. Goodfellow Inc
    [Ont, QC] “Goodfellow is a diversified manufacturer of value-added wood products, as well as a wholesale distributor of building materials and flooring. In Canada, Goodfellow has a distribution network across all provinces serving the commercial and residential sectors through lumberyard retailers, manufacturers, industrial and infrastructure project partners, and specialists.”
  4. Element5
    [Ontario] “A revolution in construction has begun…and it is radically changing the way buildings are constructed for the better.
  5. Western Archrib
    [Alberta, Manitoba] “The company’s bold vision of being synonymous with premium mass timber products across North America has propelled a strategic investment of $82 million in Sturgeon County to construct a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. This facility will triple Western Archrib’s glulam manufacturing capacity, create 100 jobs, and further solidify Western Archrib’s market significance.”
  6. Kalesnikoff
    In Castlegar, B.C. “As North America’s most advanced, vertically integrated, multi-species mass timber manufacturer, Kalesnikoff offers a high degree of flexibility in products and services. The unique slow growth environment of our forests, in Canada’s beautiful West Kootenay mountains, allow us to harvest some of the highest quality fine-grained fibre in the world.”
  7. Mercer Mass Timber
    “North America’s laeding Mass Timber Manufacturer…Our operations span three state-of-the-art factories [in B.C., Washington State, Arkansas] allowing us to deliver exceptional cross laminated timber (CLT) and glulam (GLT) products across North America.
  8. StructureCraft
    [Abbotsford, B.c.] “We engineer and build beautiful, efficient timber and hybrid structures”

Spiked together: Nail-laminated timber – a good way to incorporate wood in public buildings
On n.d. About the “East Hants Aquatic Centre, a $19 million project currently under construction in Elmsdale, N.S., led by Bird Construction. Patrick Crabbe, brand development manager with the company, says nearby Elmsdale Lumber provided warehouse space as a temporary shop where NLT panels were manufactured this winter by workers with Celtic Construction, which is a division of Bird. About 85,000 board feet of the mill’s premium lumber was used in the panels.”

Forestry Innovation Transition Trust Approves Four More Projects
News Release from NS Economic Development July 20, 2022. “…MTC Mass Timber Company Inc. will receive $325,000 for feasibility testing for commercial production of mass timber in the province.”

As listed on NS Registry. Type: Limited Company. Registered on 15-May-2020. Reg. Number 3337077.. Patrick Crabbe Director, also Officer( President, Secretary; Stephen Carbbe is a Director, Officer( Treasurer )