Tour of UMass building construction site

Build It With Wood has been closely following the construction of University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Integrated Design Building. This week, we got a behind-the-scenes tour of the construction site. Watch the video below!

You can read more about the Integrated Design Building on UMass Amherst’s website or read our previous posts about the arrival of the first shipment of cross-laminated timber or the groundbreaking ceremony.

Quebec City ready for Origine

Nordic Structures is in the final planning stages to build the 13 story tall Origine apartment building in Quebec City. After 18 months of planning and testing, the apartment block is getting ready. According to Global Construction Review, Origine will be made of 7-layer black spruce CLT panels and finished with an aluminum facade.

NORDIC_Origine_1(Conceptual design for Nordic Structure’s Origine building. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Yvan Blouin Architecte is the architecture firm responsible for designing the building. It will contain 94 one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments and will be located in Quebec City’s Pointe-aux-Lièvres eco-district.

(Conceptual design for the interior and city view for Origine. Photo credit: Nordic Structures)

Read more about Origine at Nordic Structure’s project page.

America’s first modern tall timber building on its way

Minneapolis will soon be the home to the T3 building- America’s first modern tall timber building. T3, which stands for Timber, Technology and Transit, will be a 7 story office building made with nail laminated timber panels (NLT). Michael Green Architecture and DLR Group  designed the building and it is being developed by Hines.

T3 1.22.2016(Construction is underway for the T3 building and significant progress has been made as of January 22. Photo credit: Work Zone Cam)

As you can see in the picture of the building, not everything in T3 will be wood. The elevator core, parking level, and foundation are all concrete. Crews recently began to erect the wooden panels on the glue laminated (glulam) post and beam frame.

Read more about this momentous building in MinnPost’s Into the wood: America’s first modern tall timber building rises in Minneapolis. As a bonus, you can even view a work zone construction cam and watch a time-lapse of the progress!


First shipment of wood at UMass Amherst

Back in October, Build It With Wood attended the groundbreaking ceremony for University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Integrated Design Building and have been following construction ever since. This week, the Building and Construction Technology department at UMass Amherst posted pictures of the first shipment of wood arriving at the construction site.

(Aerial shot of the construction site of the future Integrated Design Building with two trailers of wood. Photo credit: Building and Construction Technology at UMass Amherst)

(The first shipment of wood arrives at UMass Amherst. Photo credit: Building and Construction Technology at UMass Amherst)

The 87,500 square feet structure will be made up of glue-laminated wood, cross-laminated timber (CLT) and wood-concrete composite.

Comment sections: an opportunity for education

Comment sections are a hub for discussions and debate as articles, blog posts, and news reports about building with wood become increasingly common. But as the comment sections grow, so can the misconceptions and misinformation.

Back in December, The Guardian’s Melanie Sevcenko wrote “Urban jungle: wooden high-rises change city skylines as builders ditch concrete.” The article generated buzz with nearly 1,800 shares and 191 comments. In a companion article, Lloyd Alter at TreeHugger combs through the comment board, highlights which comments are most common, and responds to them. In “The Guardian covers tall wood construction; we cover the comment section,” Alter covers deforestation, carbon dioxide, glue, fire, health, historical use, maintenance, and jobs. Read the entire compilation of comments and responses by Alter here.

Portland does it again!

Say hello to Portland’s newest wood building. Framework, the five story heavy timber office building, is made of glue-laminated beams, natural wood floors, and is enclosed in large glass windows for maximum natural lighting. It was developed by Urban Development + Partners and is around 25,000 square feet of office space.

Framework in Portland
(The exterior of the Framework, a heavy timber building in Portland. Photo credit: Works Partnership Architecture)

Located at the corner of Northeast Sixth and Davis, the new Framework building is beautiful inside and out. See a full slideshow of the building or read about it more at Portland Business Journal.