The Construction Record Podcast: naturally: wood Special – An interview with architect Ray Wolfe

Ray was recently interviewed on the Construction Record Podcast for a special feature by naturally:wood, British Columbia’s information centre about sustainable forestry, tree species, green building and design.

The Construction Record Podcast features Ray Wolfe, partner and architect at Thinkspace, discussing Design Options for three- and four-story wood options for schools in British Columbia. The podcast explores the latest research by Thinkspace and Fast Epp that was prepared for Wood Works! BC. The podcast discusses mass timber trends, what clients are looking for, balancing budgets, the building code and how to achieve healthy environments for students.


Douglas Elementary School Opening

The new Douglas Elementary School opened to staff, students and the community at the end of November. The new two-storey elementary school in the growing Surrey community can accommodate 605 students, has project, media and technology spaces, and a Neighbourhood Learning Centre (NLC) with enhanced gymnasium facilities, gathering space and two additional classrooms.

For the grand opening, a unique celebration was planned. From Douglas Elementary takes new students under its wing on the Surrey School District news page: “To celebrate the new school, the staff successfully planned Wings Around Douglas, an outdoor activity that involved all 355 students at the school standing six feet apart from each other. The students stayed in their cohorts and circled the entire school, wearing wings to ensure appropriate distance was maintained. The inspiration came from the school mascot, the eagle, and staff decided to get wearable wings printed for students that would also allow them to maintain their “wingspan” from each other.”

Wings Around Douglas from Surrey Schools on Vimeo.

Construction Update: Chilliwack Volkswagen


With the fortunate weather that we experienced last week, Chilliwack Volkswagen is progressing nicely. A majority of the slab was successfully poured, and now the team can keep pushing ahead. The staff next door are getting excited to be able to see the progress on their new store and are counting down until their move!