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).

t3-4(The exterior of T3 in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Ema Peter)

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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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!

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!