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.
One of Denver’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) mid-rises has employed a rarely utilized means of groundwater control, known as ejector well dewatering. One of the benefits of this system is ability to lower groundwater to the maximum extent possible, allowing for the excavation and installation of the foundation mat slabs and waterproofing membrane in “near-dry” conditions.
A recent workshop on fire properties of materials concluded cross-laminated timber (CLT) and insulation applied to the exteriors of high-rise buildings are among the materials most in need of urgent research and development.