Tall Wood Competition

On September 17th, 2015 the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, awarded $1.5 million to a winning proposal to support a tall wood demonstration project in Portland, Oregon. The Competition was established to showcase the safe application, practicality and sustainability of a minimum 80-foot tall structure that uses mass timber, composite wood technologies and innovative building techniques, as well as provide scientific and technical support to encourage and support the design and construction of tall wood projects in the United States.The ultimate goal is to support employment opportunities in rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of the nation’s forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.
The winning proposal — Framework — was selected by a panel of distinguished jurors in the architecture and engineering fields who are familiar with innovative wood building systems. The project illustrates the strength, durability and innovation of mass timber, composite wood technologies, and building systems.

Framework: An Urban + Rural Ecology

Beneficial State Bancorp will provide site control to real estate developer project^, affordable housing investor Home Forward, and LEVER Architecture, for the proposed Framework as a redevelopment of their Pearl District property in Portland, Oregon. The 12-story urban + rural ecological project is to be constructed primarily of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and will support a distinct blend of functions including street-level retail, office, workforce housing and community space. The main community space is designed to include a public Tall Wood Exhibit, featuring resources related to the realization and design of the building.

“We consider Framework to be a totally transformative, mission-driven project that will promote social justice, environmental well-being and economic opportunity at the building, regional and national levels,” said Kat Taylor, President, Beneficial State Bancorp, the landowner of the project site.

“The relationship of our cities to our rural communities, what we call ‘forest to frame,’ is strengthened by Framework,” added Anyeley Hallova, Partner, project^. “On a national scale this project will be catalytic, leading to more tall wood buildings, driving more wood products and wood product innovation, and boosting rural economic development.”

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