The University of Arkansas (UofA) has begun construction on the Stadium Drive Residence Halls, its newest student residence. The endeavor is a collaborative effort of UofA Housing Facilities Management, the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design. When completed, the buildings will be the country’s first residence halls to use cross-laminated timber (CLT) and the first multistory advanced timber structures in Arkansas.
Concrete formwork may represent close to half the cost of a concrete structure. For cost-effective building, contractors select forming panels that will stand up to the job and to multiple uses. How do design/construction professionals select the right material for the job?
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.
Since the introduction of plywood and glued-laminated timber (glulam) beams more than a century ago, engineered wood has continuously progressed to provide greater strength, versatility, consistency, and many other attributes. Today, the engineered wood category encompasses oriented strand board (OSB), strand and fiber siding, laminated strand lumber (LSL) I-joists, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), and mass timber products. These building materials allow longer clear spans, greater energy efficiency, and faster, more economical construction. In commercial construction, four- and five-story wood office buildings are common, with the tallest wood buildings now reaching 20 stories.
The landscape of light commercial architecture is changing. Following its economic recovery, this particular market is back on pace to exceed $4 trillion in construction activity in the coming years—more than 37 percent higher than the multi-family segment.