The Salt Building

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The historic 1930s Salt Building is a Southeast False Creek landmark. The building underwent a major restoration and seismic upgrade in preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. It was turned into a gathering place for athletes in the heart of Olympic Village.

Every effort was made to re-use the building’s original timber. While much of the wood remained in good condition, the steel sections had deteriorated and needed replacement. WoodWORKS® software was utilized to review requirements for existing materials and to examine the capacity of existing wood.

The building’s ceiling framing, which had been previously removed, was replaced in its original form. Steel was used to provide minimally invasive lateral bracing and to reinforce the elaborate wooden roof tresses with simple and elegant plates. The building was also raised on its original timber piles, supported by galvanized steel pile extensions on each. The final result celebrates the construction methods of our forefathers during the early years of Vancouver.

The Salt Building received Heritage B certification and won the Canadian Wood Council’s WoodWORKS Green Building Award and the Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence. Presently, the Salt Building is a central landmark in Vancouver’s Olympic Village and is currently occupied by a community hot spot, Craft Beer Market.

Images: © Bob Matheson