Innovation, Durability and Design
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.
The 500,000 square foot Butler Bros. Wood Building has been standing for over 100 years and is still in use today.
Photo: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota
Wood tolerates high humidity and is capable of absorbing and releasing water vapor without compromising its structural integrity. This moisture buffering effect of wood is called hygroscopicity. Although problems may arise when wood gets too wet for too long, wood buildings that are properly designed and constructed are durable and perform well in all types of climates.
Manage the Damage
Preparing for Natural Disasters
International Code Council members stand as the first line of defense in applying building codes to the construction of safe, sustainable, and more affordable and resilient structures. The entire month of May pays tribute to that distinguished service with the 37th annual Building Safety Month.
This installment of Codes Counts concentrates on the theme of week three of Building Safety Month: Manage the Damage – Preparing for Natural Disasters.
Wood’s design flexibility makes it suitable for a wide range of building types and applications, both structural and aesthetic.