The construction of a 12-story cross-laminated timber building planned for Portland, Oregon, has been placed on indefinite hold as a result of changing market conditions, including escalated construction costs and fluctuations in the tax credit market.
After a previous round of testing, WoodWorks, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab and Softwood Lumber Board, conducted a second series of blast tests on two-story, single-bay CLT structures.
The Washington State Legislature has passed a bill requiring the Washington State Building Code Council (SBCC) update its codes to account for mass timber products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT). This revision will make it easier for developers to use the increasingly popular building material by adding certainty to the permitting process.
The Pacific Northwest is the site for a renaissance in heavy timber construction that is now beginning to spread across the country. Wood, instead of steel, is being used to construct modern, multistory, and creative office buildings.
Mass timber—specifically cross-laminated timber (CLT)—continues to spread across the nation as an alternative to traditional concrete and steel construction. CLT panels are described as large-scale, predesigned, and highly engineered for precise tolerances.
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