The 12,000-square foot Tsawwassen Youth Centre was developed by the Tsawwassen First Nation (TFN) as a place for learning, nurturing and preparing the TFN youth to become the next generation of leadership. To ensure the design reflected their needs, TFN involved young people throughout the development process. The proximity to the Salish Sea, its setting on the Pacific flight path for migratory birds, and the building’s passive environmental strategies are reflective of Indigenous knowledge. Designed by Mackin Tanaka Architecture, the building is partially constructed of hemfir dowel laminated timber (DLT) components – the first in North America to use DLT as a significant structural component. The DLT was supplied by StructureCraft and is coated with Sansin’s KP-12 on the exposed face of the interior and soffits. KP-12 is an outstanding penetrating protective undercoat for engineered wood components like DLT that enhances dimensional stability and protects wood from UV degradation and moisture absorption.
PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT
Precision Coat KP-12