Second Mass Timber Conference

Portland, Oregon is preparing for the second annual International Mass Timber Conference and it’s shaping up to be even bigger than last year.

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Produced again by Forest Business Network, the conference is attracting professionals from around the world to discuss innovative building products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (nail lam), glue laminated timber (glulam), and other mass timber products. Hundreds of attendees from 15 countries have registered so far and many more are expected before the event from March 28-30. For year two, the conference has moved to the Oregon Convention Center to account for the growing number of attendees and speakers.

Back by popular demand, a mass timber building tour will precede two days of educational panels, an expo, and networking events. NEFF staff participated in the 2016 tour and visited five mass timber buildings in and around downtown Portland. This year, new buildings have been added to the tour and include Carbon12, Ankrom Moisan Headquarters, and Fire Station 76. Participants in 2016 visited Albina Yard while it was still under constructions, but this year will be able to see it completed.

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The conference will also be led by keynote speakers including Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for The Rolling Stones and a conservationist tree farmer. The educational tracks have also doubled in size and now features 80 global speakers addressing topics such as the environment, sustainability, developing, building, architecture, engineering, manufacturing, and research.

Craig Rawlings, President & CEO of Forest Business Network, said of the upcoming conference, “A dedicated mass timber event was needed when we launched the inaugural Mass Timber Conference in 2016 and yet the fever pitch excitement for these products and our 2017 event only reaffirms that mass timber is the new sustainable choice for greener buildings and growing cities.”

A detailed agenda, building tour information, interactive exhibit hall floorplan, and more can be found at MassTimberConference.com.

We hope to see you there!

Largest mass timber building in U.S. opens today in Minneapolis

T3, a seven-story wood office building, opened today in Minneapolis. The building, located in the North Loop district, has become the tallest modern wood building in the U.S.

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T3 stands for Timber, Technology, Transit and was designed by Michael Green Architecture. The 220,000 square foot building features cross-laminated timber (CLT) as well as nail-laminated timber (NLT).

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StructureCraft fabricated T3’s NLT panels in Winnipeg and was also able to build 180,000 square feet of timber framing in less than 10 weeks. The interior was left bare, which emphasizes the natural timber framing while saving on cost.

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(The interior of T3. Photo credit: Ema Peter)

The CLT and NLT panels were combined with a spruce glue laminated (glulam) post-and-beam frame and a concrete slab. According to The Architects Newspaper, most of the wood used came from the Pacific Northwest region, sustainably harvested after being killed by the mountain pine beetle, and all of the wood was certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Guidelines.

See more photos of the new T3 building below! (Photo credit for all: Ema Peter)

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Final wood panel installed on Brock Commons

It seems like just last week we were writing about construction beginning on a new dormitory and now it’s finishing up. The world’s tallest wood building installed the last wood panel last week, wrapping up this stage of construction in an impressive 66 days. After this milestone, focus will turn to completing the interior and preparing the building for the 404 University of British Columbia students that will soon call the dormitory home. Construction is expected to be fully completed in 2017.

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(The last wood panels being installed on Brock Commons. Photo credit: Unknown)

Acton Ostry Architects, the firm that designed Brock Commons, posted on Twitter a time lapse of the construction process. REMI Network details the project, saying the building is made up of 1302 glulam columns and 464 CLT panels.

Construction on Brock Commons wouldn’t be possible without a team of experts. The engineered wood products were provided by Structurlam and made from locally harvested trees. The structural engineering firm, Fast + Epp, used the nature of wood to produce the 18 story building. Paul Fast, founder of Fast + Epp, said of Brock Commons, “We pushed ourselves relentlessly over months of work with the design team and the CLT manufacturer to simplify the structure — think LEGO. The building blends the simplicity and modularity of LEGO with the concrete-like strength of cross laminated timber to help ensure structural efficiency which in the past has been one of the major barriers to building tall with wood. Our solutions effectively address that concern.”

As if being the tallest wood building isn’t enough, Brock Commons also comes with a great view.

To read more about Brock Commons, check out our other blog posts, “Construction on UBC’s new wood dormitory begins” and “Construction on UBC dorm continues.”

Construction on UBC dorm continues

Back in June, we wrote about construction beginning on University of British Columbia’s new timber dormitory. Pictures of the construction process have just been made available and the frame is quickly taking shape.

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(Construction is underway on July 18th for the new 18 story dormitory at UBC. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia)

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(More than half of the floors have started to become assembled. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects Inc. & University of British Columbia)

Canadian Architect reports that a new floor is being built every 3 days and is expected to increase. The dormitory is made out of a combination of glue laminated timber (glulam) and cross laminated timber (CLT). The building is scheduled to be complete by Spring 2017.

Construction on UBC’s new wood dormitory begins

Vancouver will soon have the world’s tallest mass-timber building. Construction has begun at the future home of University of British Columbia’s 18 story tall dormitory. At 53 meters tall (173 feet), Brock Commons student housing will be 4 stories taller than Treet in Norway which currently holds the title for tallest mass-timber building.

As The Province reports, construction began this week as engineered wood panels and pillars were trucked in. All the engineered wood products are made off site by Structurlam Products and delivered.  The building will consist of cross-laminated-timber (CLT) floors and walls held up by pillars composed of glue-laminated wood (glulam).

Nicholas Sills, a supervisor at Structurlam, told The Province, “If you can panelize (materials) and put things together tightly like a Lego kit of parts, it can be extremely efficient…We hope this project goes up very, very fast.”

To see pictures of the building under construction, watch the video by David Rigler in The Province’s “UBC’s timber tower starts to rise.”

 

Mass timber building tour an informational start

With the Mass Timber Conference in Oregon officially concluded, NEFF’s Emily Kingston reflects back on the conference’s kick-off event: an all day tour of Portland’s leading mass timber buildings. Emily, NEFF’s Build It With Wood project coordinator, joined 100 other conference attendees in donning hard hats as they explored Portland on an all-day tour.

The mass timber buildings were in varying stages of completion, from under construction to fully completed and in use. The five buildings that were on the tour were Framework, The Hudson, Albina Yard, The Courtyard, and Clay Creative.

The tour began with Framework. The Framework building is designed by Works Partnership Architecture around the idea of a “ship in a bottle” and recently won the WoodWorks 2016 Wood Design Award in the Commercial Wood Design category.

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(The interior of the Framework building. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

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(The exterior of the Framework building with the wood beams visible through the windows. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

After Framework, the group moved on to the second building on the tour,  The Hudson. The Hudson is a three-story brick facade, glass, and exposed timber structure. The 45,000 square foot building will house offices for Killian Pacific and Mackenzie, the architecture and design firm that is a partner in the building’s construction. The ceiling is exposed nail-laminated wood supported by wood beams and metal connectors.

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(The interior of The Hudson, currently under construction. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

Wrapping up the morning was the third building, Albina Yard. Albina Yard is a 16,000 square foot creative office building currently under construction in Portland’s Mississippi District. Albina Yard is the first building in the U.S. using domestically-fabricated cross-laminated timber as a structural element. We’ve talked previously about Reworks and LEVER Architecture gearing up for Albina Yard.

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(Albina Yard was under construction during the Mass Timber Building and Construction Tour. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

After lunch, the group toured multiple buildings at an area known as The Courtyard. The Courtyard at One North includes three separate buildings; The Radiator, Karuna East, and Karuna West. The Radiator is a 5-story office building at the gateway to North Portland and is the first all-timber building of its scale built in a century. Karuna East is 4 stories and Karuna West is 5 stories. Both Karuna buildings are clad in cedar. The Radiator recently won the WoodWorks 2016 Wood Design Award for Multi-Story Wood Design.

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(The cedar clad exterior of Karuna West. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

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(The exterior of 5-story Radiator building. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

The tour concluded with the Clay Creative building. Clay Creative is developing this 72,000-square-foot, six-story, wood-framed office building. The LEED Platinum building is currently under construction and uses Oregon-sourced heavy timber and built with glulam beams.

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(The first floor of the Clay Creative building features thick glulam beams. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

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(The wooden beams in Clay Creative’s building. Photo credit: Emily Kingston)

Thank you to all the people involved in putting the Mass Timber Building and Construction tour together and demonstrating the newest building designs in wood buildings!

More images for the planned 18-story UBC dorm

Back in October 2015, we started talking about the new 18-story University of British Colombia dormitory that is in planning. And now more design images have been revealed to show the full extent of the plans.

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(Newest design images for UBC’s wooden dormitory. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects)

Kenneth Chan at Vancity Buzz revealed the designs for the residence hall which is set to be the world’s tallest wooden building.

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(Artistic designs for the wood framing of UBC’s dormitory which shows plans to use CLT and exposed wood. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects)

The design firm, Acton Ostry Architects, describe the building systems as “53m tall mass timber structure comprised of two-way CLT floor slabs, glulam columns and steel connectors; concrete, gypsum board, prefab building envelope with metal cladding.”

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(Proposed location on UBC’s Point Grey Campus for the new dormitory. Photo credit: Acton Ostry Architects)

The current plan is to have the building be open by summer 2017, in time for the next generation of students to begin school in the fall.

To see even more images of the building and to learn more, visit the project page of Acton Ostry Architects.

Reworks and LEVER gearing up for Albina Yard

Portland, Oregon firms Reworks Inc. and LEVER Architecture are constructing the latest mass timber building. Albina Yard, a 16,000 square foot creative office building, is currently under construction in North Portland’s Mississippi District. The building holds the title of the first use of domestically produced CLT panels for a building-wide structural system in the United States. The building has been under construction since August and framing is set to be completed next week.

Watch the video below and see how quickly the CLT panels and glulam frame are assembled!

According to the Albina Yard fact sheet, the building will utilize mass timber construction with “glue-laminated timber frame and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels manufactured and prefabricated at D.R. Johnson Lumber Co. in Riddle, [Oregon].” Albina Yard represents a collaboration between Reworks Inc. (contractor, developer, owner, and builder), LEVER Architecture (designer), and KPFF Consulting Engineers (structural engineer).

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(Conceptual design for the exterior of LEVER Architecture’s Albina Yard. Photo credit: LEVER Architecture)

This is not the first time LEVER Architecture has made the news for their wood building design. In September 2015, they won the U.S. Tall Wood Building competition for the West coast.

Update: We incorrectly identified LEVER Architecture as the builder. The builder is Reworks Project and LEVER Architecture is the designer.

Upcoming Mass Timber Conference in Portland, OR

Modern tall wood buildings, engineered wood products, and cross-laminated timber are just some of the topics covered at the Mass Timber Conference this year. From March 22-24, global experts and interested individuals will gather at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. The event is co-produced by Forest Business Network and WoodWorks, two industry leaders in the discussion around massive timber products and construction. The event is sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, Hexion, Softwood Lumber Board, and Vaagen.

The theme of the conference is to “explore current opportunities and obstacles for cross-laminated timber, nail-laminated timber, glulam panels, laminated veneer lumber, and other mass timber construction in North America and how to execute projects today.”

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The conference will kick off with a Mass Timber Building and Construction Tour around Portland. Participants will learn about mass timber construction while touring some of Portland’s newest mass timber buildings up-close. Highlights on the tour include the Framework building, Albina Yard, Clay Creative, and the Radiator.

Much of the conference will be filled with educational panels and presentations. Over 45 presenters from the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia will introduce their global perspectives to the panels and lead discussions around mass timber. Speakers include Valerie Johnson of DR Johnson Lumber, Robert Malczyk of Equilibrium Consulting, Thomas Robinson of LEVER Architecture, and Cees de Jager of Softwood Lumber Board.

Throughout the conference as well, there will be an exhibit hall with sponsors showcasing the latest developments.

Thinking about attending? Register here and receive a 20% discount through March 9!

 

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.

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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!