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29Jan

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 […]
By 36creative • Posted January 29, 2016
28Jan

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. Yvan […]
By 36creative • Posted January 28, 2016
25Jan

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. As you can […]
By 36creative • Posted January 25, 2016
21Jan

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.   The 87,500 square feet […]
By 36creative • Posted January 21, 2016
19Jan

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 […]
By 36creative • Posted January 19, 2016
05Jan

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. Located at the corner of Northeast Sixth […]
By 36creative • Posted January 5, 2016
31Dec

WSU gearing up for wood

Washington State University recently announced they’re expanding– and sustainability is part of the plan. WSU’s new $45 million Paccar Environmental Technology Building will be home to five research and development centers. Students in sustainable design and construction, water quality, and atmospheric sciences will use the 96,000 square foot building for classes, labs, and studying. It will […]
By 36creative • Posted December 31, 2015
15Dec

Global forests, sustainability, and the built environment

Trees are an essential part of a sustainable future, a future which includes more wood buildings in our world’s cities. In “The Argument for Wood in the Built Environment,” Chris Carbone of Bensonwood argues in favor of sustainably harvest wood that can be turned in timber, eventually being used to build wood structures. He explains that […]
By 36creative • Posted December 15, 2015
06Dec

Cities across Canada turn to wood for condos

Canada’s condominium construction industry is embracing wood all across the country. According to the Metro Toronto, there has been a rise in the number of condominiums built out of wood– with no signs of stopping. Cost and design are highlighted as two of the benefits to using wood in mid-rise condos. Recent changes to provincial building […]
By 36creative • Posted December 6, 2015
01Dec

COP21 discusses buildings and construction

At this year’s COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris, world leaders will discuss the role that buildings and construction plays in global climate change. December 3 marks the first “Building Day” for the annual conference. The day will be filled with discussions, talks, videos, and other events. Building Day promises that it “…provides an opportunity to […]
By 36creative • Posted December 1, 2015