Several construction industry groups have asked Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council (NEC), to review the use of taxpayer dollars to projects that supposedly promote one building material over others.
On April 15, the world watched as the Notre-Dame in Paris, constructed eight centuries ago, nearly saw its end in the historic fire that devoured its roofs. Now, Belgian ecological architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures (VCA) proposes a design for the cathedral that brings history, science, art, and spirituality together.
Advocates for mass timber construction boast of faster construction times, lower labor costs, and environmental benefits. However, some building professionals are skeptical. The design firm Hickok Cole has designed Timber Towers, a conceptual 60-story mass timber skyscraper, to showcase what is possible with wood.
Workplaces are now tasked with inspiring creativity, recruiting talent, promoting mental well-being, and even encouraging employee productivity. It is a big ask for workplace designers, but materials like wood are helping them answer it.
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.