Innovative Wood Uses

Next-generation and innovative mass timber products allow architects and engineers to leverage the strength, stability and design flexibility of mass timber products. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), allow building designers to push beyond wood’s perceived boundaries, achieving building heights and spans that would have once required concrete, steel, or masonry for structural support.

Architects and engineers can tap into the unlimited design possibilities of wood, while delivering buildings that will perform well for owners, and occupants. Wood is equally adapted for interior and exterior use, not only as a finish material, bringing warmth and natural beauty to interior and exterior applications.

The efficiency of these products, in terms of both cost and construction, have made wood a material of choice across a wide variety of buildings types, including commercial, institutional and industrial construction. In addition, wood's versatility and sustainability, allow for its use in many structural applications.

T3, Minneapolis - Next-generation Wood in Use

T3 (Timber, Transit, Technology) is the first commercial property in the United States to use engineered wood for its structure and interior. The 7-storey, 220,000-square-foot building was constructed with 8-foot-by-20-foot panels of engineered wood that were stacked across beams of glued, laminated timber. The panels themselves consisted of smaller strips of wood nailed together.

Michael Green Architecture Project Facts:

  • Timber was erected at a speed exceeding conventional steel-framed or concrete buildings – completed in just 2.5 months at an average of 9 days per floor.
  • Over 1100 8’x20’ NLT (Nail Laminated Timber) panels are used in the project – the equivalent square footage of nine hockey rinks.
  • Approximately 4,708 cubic yards of wood were used in the structure, which will sequester about 3,200 tonnes of carbon for the life of the building.
  • The majority of NLT was made of lumber from trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

Design Architect: Michael Green Architecture
Architect of Record: DLR
Engineer of Record: MKA
Design-assist + Build: StructureCraft Builders Inc.
Photo courtesy of: Michael Green Architecture

For more details on this project, please visit Michael Green Architecture.

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