The Arbora project, the world's largest residential project in CLT has officially launched in Montreal's Griffintown area in Canada. With a total surface area of 597,560 sq ft Arbora aims to become the world's largest residential project featuring a cross-laminated timber (CLT) mass timber structure.
One of the tallest wood buildings in the world will soon be constructed at the University of British Columbia in Canada, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet). The tall wood building will consist of a mass timber superstructure atop a concrete base. UBC aims for the building to achieve a minimum LEED Gold certification, a rating system that evaluates how environmentally friendly a structure is in its design and energy use.
Outlook for Cross-Laminated Timber in the United States
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a building system based on the use of massive, multi-layered solid wood panels. Although CLT as a construction system has been successful in Europe, only a handful of CLT projects have been built in the U.S. This manuscript presents the results from qualitative research, carried out with the objective of assessing the market potential and barriers to the adoption of CLT in the U.S. Insights from national and international experts were collected using semi-structured interviews. Topics included perceived benefits and disadvantages of CLT as a construction system, major barriers to its adoption in the U.S., and level of awareness about CLT among the architecture community.
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Date: 16 December 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The complexities of modern day architectural design often necessitate irregular structural layouts with multiple offset roof and floor diaphragms and walls. Although codes and standards recognize and address these situations, limited commentary and/or examples have been provided that clearly show how these irregularities can be handled. This session will help designers better understand how to analyze offset walls, as well as their implications to the structural design. A continuation of the WoodWorks Offset Diaphragms Design webinar, if focuses on how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that offset diaphragms typically create.
Speaker: Terry Malone, WoodWorks
Terry Malone is a licensed structural engineer in Washington, Oregon and Arizona. Prior to joining WoodWorks, he was a principal in consulting structural engineering firms in Washington and Oregon, conducted third-party structural plan reviews and has served as a faculty member at St. Martin's College in Lacey, Washington. Terry has over 35 years of wood design experience and has taken an active role as a presenter providing seminars at state and local ICC chapters and professional engineering organizations. Terry is author of The Analysis of Irregular Shaped Structures: Diaphragms and Shear Walls, published by McGraw-Hill and ICC. He is a member of the Structural Engineers' Association of Arizona and the International Code Council.
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