Harris Barn Restoration

Delta, BC

The 112 year old Harris Barn had been slated for demolition by the developer who owned the land, but it was salvaged by an initiative of the local historical society and the Corporation of Delta, BC.

Design Team

A design-build team of ISL, Scott Kemp Architecture and Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing was selected to restore, move and repurpose this historic structure. ISL provided structure engineering services from conceptual design through to construction administration, including specialty engineering of prefabricated structural insulated panels, as well as analysis and repairs to historic timber.

Reused Wood

This timber was retained where possible and new material was only introduced to repair decayed or damaged timber and to facilitate a new floor level. All of the additional timber for repair, stairs and handrails was reclaimed from a local shipyard.

Modern Additions

Modern structural insulated panels were incorporated to resist the lateral loads and provide a high performance building envelope. A full modern kitchen was also built into the new facility, as well as a handicapped lift to the new top floor.

Project Completion

The Harris Barn opened to the public in May 2013. It provides a social venue for festivals, markets, community programming, workshops and meetings, and offers a tribute to the agricultural heritage of the region.



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