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2012 Olympic Velodrome’s Western Red Cedar Roof

The architectural centerpiece of 2012 London games was a showcase for coastal British Columbia’s most culturally significant wood species. The velodrome which houses all of the indoor cycling at the London games features exterior western red cedar cladding all manufactured at Powerwood. Supplied in partnership with Probyn Export, the gigantic bicycle stadium features over 4 container loads and 24,000 pieces of custom milled, specified length, clear, PEFC certified cedar. The pattern was a one of a kind, designed by the architect and re-produced using our CNC template designer. The project had very specific length specifications and a critical timeline. Powerwood’s flexible set up, extensive inventory, strong relationship with Probyn and brand presence in the United Kingdom gave us a competitive advantage. The business was booked in January of 2010 and the last of the four container loads shipped out in May of the same year.
The project has already garnered serious attention both in the media and in the architectural community. The large western red cedar component caught the eye of journalist Lucy Hyslop on a recent tour of the 2012 facilities. She was excited to see the impressive symbol of British Columbia’s forest industry featured on the largest stage and put together a piece for the Globe and Mail highlighting the cedar velodrome. The project was also featured in the 2012 WRCLA Cedar Book, a publication directed at exposing architects to some of the more spectacular and creative Western Red Cedar projects recently completed.

British Columbia
United Kingdom
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2012 Olympic Velodrome Blue Sky
2012 Olympic Velodrome Roof Detail
2012 Olympic Velodrome Under Construction
2012 Olympic Velodrome View from North Side

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