Radium Community Hall and Library – pioneering DLT

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Wood100 Project:

At International Timberframes we design, manufacture and install a 100% Wood Dowel Laminated Timber product called Wood100 DLT. 

We are strong and passionate supporters of healthy, sustainable and energy-efficient building and have been proud pioneers of the product.


In 2018 we were excited to work on the first public building in Canada to be constructed with dowel laminated timber panels – the Radium Community Hall and Library. August 25th 2018 saw the grand opening of the new 8000 sq ft. community hub in the village of Radium Hot Springs BC.

Creating a “100 mile building”

Radium Hot Springs Centre DLTDesigned by Urban Arts Architecture, a Vancouver based firm known for their innovative wood design, the project was conceived in a unique stakeholder engagement process, designed to fulfill the “Wood First” municipal bylaw and policy. The project goal was to create a “100 mile building”, maximizing the use of local resources, particularly wood.  We were delighted to be selected as manufacturer and installer of the innovative stacked dowel laminated timber panel for the roof system and installer of Glulam beams.

We constructed prefabricated 1220 mm and up to 6000 mm DLT (dowel laminated timber) panels from 2×4 and 2×6 dimensional lumber and fastened with beech dowels. Alternating 2×4 and 2×6 timber created a variegated texture. No adhesives were used in the fabrication. The modular DLT (dowel laminated timber) system integrated lighting, acoustics, services within the DLT panels.

The exterior of the building is clad in charred wood siding.  An auger system was custom built to allow for a controlled charring of the timber.

Blending in With Nature

The low sloped forms frame the views of the mountains to the east and highlight the silhouette of the surrounding pine trees.  The entry plaza is lined with wood benches and was inspired by the paint pots in nearby Kootenay National Park. The interior spaces are defined by the dowel laminated ceilings and wooden screens filtering the views from a ramped corridor into the hall, all of which enhances the height of the space.

Leadership in Wood Use

The building has already become a centrepiece for the municipality, and in September 2018 WoodWorks BC presented its 2018 Community Recognition Award to the project. The province-wide awards are presented annually to communities that have been exemplary advocates for the use of wood in a community project or through visionary initiatives that work toward building a community culture of wood.

Next time you’re in the area please stop by and look at this beautiful building.

Location – Radium Hot Springs, BC
Project Owner – Village of Radium Hot Springs
✓ Size – 732m2 / 7880 ft2
✓ Architect – Urban Arts Architecture
✓ Structural Engineer – Equilibrium Consulting Inc
✓ Construction Manager – Ken Willimont
✓ Glulam Fabricator – Western Archrib
✓ DLT Fabricator – International Timberframes Inc
✓ Wood Installer – International Timberframes Inc

More photos in our Featured Projects gallery!

Wood Facts:

  • Volume of Wood Products used – 288 cubic metres (Canadian and US forests grow this much in one minute)
  • Carbon stored in the wood – 245 metric tonnes of CO2
  • Avoided greenhouse gas emissions – 522 metric tonnes of CO2
  • Total potential carbon benefit – 767 metric tonnes of CO2