Mass timber

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about mass timber

NewsNews • 4 Mar 2022

Atlanta’s Kendeda Building sets a new standard for sustainability by achieving Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech in Atlanta was created to foster environmental education, research, and act as a public forum for community outreach. The project is a collaboration between The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP and Lord Aeck Sargent Planning and Design, Inc (LAS). Jonathan Hillyer Setting a new standard for sustainability, the project is the first Living Building of its kind in the Southeast United States. The Living Building Challenge (LBC) is a rigorous sustainability certification standard requiring that a building meets 20 Imperatives of the Challenge, which are divided into seven petals, or performance areas. These areas are: Place, Water, Energy, Health + Happiness, Materials, Eq... More

Project • By BOKA PowellOffices

The Soto

BOKA Powell, in partnership with Hixon Properties and Lake Flato Architects, is proud to present The Soto—Texas’ first mass-timber office building. Mass timber is a model for sustainable design and construction that has proven its strength in Europe, Canada, and Australia, and more recently, the United States. This elegant structure anchors the Cavender Neighborhood, an exciting new mixed-use project in the up-and-coming Broadway corridor of San Antonio.   The entire development focuses on efficiency, sustainability, flexibility, and innovation. Soto is the Spanish (Castillian) word for a “grove of trees” or “small forest,” especially one near a river, or a place of dappled sunlight and lush greene... More

NewsNews • 22 Mar 2021

Michael Green Architecture’s Oregon Forest Science Complex demonstrates the benefits of mass timber construction

Pioneers of mass timber in North America, Michael Green Architecture has recently completed two buildings for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University: the new George W. Peavy Forest Science Center (Peavy Hall) and the A.A. ‘Red’ Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. The two buildings, which together form the Oregon Forest Science Complex, offer study and research space for the management and support of forest ecosystems in the 21st century. Josh Partee The 80,000 square foot George W. Peavy Forest Science Center includes classrooms, computer rooms and laboratories which are anchored around a two-storey atrium. Massive Douglas fir glulam columns are featured alongside floor and shear walls made with locally... More

Project • By StructureCraftOffices

Nashville Warehouse

Nashville is getting its first large-scale mass timber structure in the form of two office buildings, up to 5 storeys tall, as part of a larger mixed use development. A feature of the building is the gable roofs, which will create a beautiful vaulted space that will also highlight the warmth of wood from the exterior. The floor and roof decks use structural, prefabricated DLT panels supported by a Glulam post and beam frame. The mass timber superstructure is anchored back to centrally located concrete cores which transfer lateral loads down to the foundations. More

Project • By StructureCraftOffices

T3 Atlanta

The 7-storey T3 West Midtown project in Atlanta, at 205,000 sqft timber area, is one of the largest mass timber buildings in the US. T3 West Midtown is the second T3 office building ("timber, transit, technology") for the developer Hines. The gravity system of the 6-storey timber superstructure is comprised of DLT (dowel-laminated timber) floor and roof panels over a Glulam post and beam substructure. The lateral system consists of perimeter and internal steel brace frames, which were installed in sequence with the timber structure. More

Project • By StructureCraftParks/Gardens

Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes

The new Taiyuan Botanical Garden Domes complex in Taiyuan, China features 3 domes ranging from 43m to 88m in diameter and from 12m to 30m in height. The largest of the three domes is the longest clear-span timber gridshell (non-triangulated) in the world. All three parabolic gridshells comprise light doubly curved glulam beams, arranged in two or three crossing layers. Through the cooperation of all team members on three different continents in less than a year, a unique series of long-span timber structures was delivered to the city of Taiyuan, providing a beautiful, world-class attraction that emphasizes both sustainability and structural integrity. More

Project • By Neumann Monson ArchitectsOffices

111 East Grand

The project is the first multi-story office building in North America to employ dowel laminated timber (DLT), a mass timber system relying on a friction-fit bond between softwood dimensional lumber and hardwood dowels. The 65,000-sf building anchors a high-visibility 265’ x 65’ site two blocks from the river. Retail spaces activate the street level with three floors of office space above.    Spruce glulam beams and columns frame the 40’-0” x 6’-8” DLT panels that serve as floor and roof decks. The system facilitates quick erection time and a smaller site crew, minimizing disturbance to the neighborhood during construction. A precast concrete service core buttresses the south of the building fu... More

Project • By Acton Ostry ArchitectsStudent Housing

Brock Commons Tallwood House

World’s Tallest Mass Timber TowerAt 18 storeys and 53 meters in height, Brock Commons Tallwood House is a 404-bed student residence building located on The University of British Columbia Point Grey campus in Vancouver, BC, Canada that officially opened for students in July of 2017. The project is the first completed in Canada under the 2013 Tall Wood Building Demonstration Project Initiative sponsored by Natural Resources Canada. Brock Commons aspires to be a model for a future that features extraordinarily ordinary mass wood buildings that are quick, clean and cost effective to construct and which maximize carbon sequestering and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in cities.Extraordinary for its height—which makes Brock Commons the worl... More