Westhills Stadium, Langford, Canada

The first eco-stadium in the world

On 24 August 2019 in Langford, British Columbia, Canada, the Westhills Stadium was inaugurated: the first stadium in the world built entirely of engineered glulam

Rubner Holzbau, in collaboration with Bear Stadiums, advisor in sport facilities and architectural design, in just 5 months has designed and built the first stadium of the future: modular, in glulam, with low environmental impact, comfortable and totally green.

The stadium seats around 5,500 spectators in the Main Stand, with 18 skyboxes, kiosks and services, and the West Stand, while the north side houses an outdoor Beer Garden for fans and families. Further expansion to 2,500 additional seats is planned, with a total capacity of 8,000 seats expected to begin in spring 2020.

Project details

Location Langford, Britisch Columbia, Canada

Completion 2019

Customer City of Langford

Glulam 1,000 m³ approx.

Transport 34 container

Credits Bear Stadiums

TIMBER STADIUM CONSTRUCTION

ECOLOGICALLY ENLARGEABLE AND REDUCABLE

ECONOMIC, MODULAR AND FLEXIBLE CONSTRUCTION.

VALUE PRESERVATION FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.

Timber not only is a natural construction material with outstanding material properties in terms of building physics, but it also creates a relaxing atmosphere, offers excellent climate properties and can be re-introduced into the ecological raw material cycle without leaving any residues. Sound insulation and fire performance values are controllable parameters in constructions of any size. As far as sustainability is concerned, timber clearly is “number one”  construction material. In cooperation with Bear Stadiums, Rubner Holzbau has designed and elaborated an ecological and at the same time modular stadium concept on the grounds of glued laminated timber elements, and optimized this concept for the requirements of small- and medium-sized sports clubs. These stadiums, based on a laminated timber construction, may be easily and rapidly extended or reduced in size thus immediately adjusting to changing requirements, caused, for example, by significant developments of the sports club or by urban development measures.

The flexibility of this basic structure considerably reduces construction periods and thus extension costs compared to conventionally-used construction methods. Moreover, currently executed sports activities in the stadium are hardly affected at all by construction measures, which means that the enlarged stadium can be used almost immediately. Starting with an initial capacity of 1,500 seats at the main stand, which also includes all central and key facilities of the installation, the stadiums may easily be enlarged to accommodate 20,000 seats and, if required, reduced once again as soon as the capacity is no longer needed. The stadiums built by Rubner Holzbau fully comply with UEFA- and FIFA-standards.