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The Mass Timber Code Coalition is dedicated helping International Code Council (ICC) voters understand the clear and certain benefits of tall wood buildings. Below is the latest news about tall mass timber and the importance of the upcoming ICC vote. Click here to read what others are saying about mass timber.

Tallest Wood Building in Western Hemisphere

New Land Enterprises has announced a bold plan to build a 21-story mass timber apartment building in East Town. If completed, the building, known as Ascent, would be the tallest timber structure in the Western Hemisphere according to the company. The news comes just months after New Land released plans to build a seven-story mass timber office building, the city's first, along the Milwaukee River in Westown. (read more)

Stockholm might get an entire neighborhood of 31 wooden skyscrapers - take a look

All around the world, skyscrapers are increasingly featuring mass timber instead of steel or reinforced concrete. Architects praise timber structures, which use large, prefabricated wood pieces, for their resistance to fire and ability to sequester carbon. Skylines in US cities like Chicago may soon include wooden skyscrapers, and the state of Oregon recently legalized mass timber high-rises. In Toronto, Canada, Sidewalk Labs- which is affiliated with Google's parent company, Alphabet - is planning to build a high-tech neighborhood out of mass timber. (read more)

Western Innovator: Going with mass timber

Russ Vaagen, whose family has a 66-year-long history in Washington state's timber industry, sees a future in mass timber. The former president of family-owned Vaagen Brothers Lumber has founded a new company, Vaagen Timbers, which will produce mass timber products. Mass timber, also called engineered wood, includes cross laminated timber, glulam beams and other products that are less expensive, lighter and lower-cost than other building materials such as steel and concrete. (read more)

Mass timber saves time, money for office building

Mass timber is the most suitable material for First Tech Federal Credit Union's new campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, according to a new case study published by The APA - The Engineered Wood Association. The design for the five-story 14,493-m2 (156,000-sf) building was the product of a collaboration between First Tech, Hacker Architects, Kramer Gehlen & Associates engineering, and general contractor Swinerton Builders. (read more)

MIT workshop develops sustainable, mass timber prototype modelled after longhouse structures

A workshop at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a mass timber design building prototype modelled after the longhouse, a traditional building type that has been historically used as a place for community gatherings. the prototype studies how mass timber products can be used to create modern buildings, demonstrating its value against conventional materials such as concrete. (read more)

Why The Code Must Make Room for Mass Timber

While widely accepted in Europe, designers and builders in the U.S. have struggled to take full advantage of mass timber because of current limitations in prescriptive codes. This fall, government members of the International Code Council will vote to update the International Building Code to include a new Type IV construction category for mass timber. (read more)

Are Wooden Skyscrapers in our Future?

The state of Oregon recently became the first in the country to approve the use of science-based building code requirements for “tall mass timber buildings,” under its Statewide Alternate Method (SAM). The SAM approval lays a path for the state and perhaps the rest of the country to usher in an increase in the use of mass timber wood products in commercial and residential buildings. Prior to the ruling, structures of this type were limited to six stories in height. (read more)

Oregon seeks to become U.S. mass timber hub

Timm Locke relishes a chance to drive around Portland and showcase the latest commercial buildings made with mass timber, a construction material that uses wood beams and panels instead of concrete and steel. First stop: Albina Yard, a four-story office building that opened in 2016 featuring cross-laminated timber panels from D.R. Johnson, a lumber company south of Roseburg, Ore. (read more)

Oregon just became the first state to legalize mass timber high-rises, and it could lead to a boom in tall wood buildings

A growing number of North American architects and developers are supporting mass timber construction. Tall timber can sequester carbon, it's more resistant to fire than concrete, and it's often cheaper than using steel or concrete. Timber structures use large, prefabricated wood pieces. (read more)

‘Tremendous’ growth potential for mass timber construction

Mass timber construction is already an established and proven form of construction in Canada and Europe, and is gaining popularity across the United States. Mass timber projects have been on the rise in Colorado despite the height restrictions currently imposed by the 2015 IBC, and with the ongoing innovation and research surrounding the fire-resistiveness of mass timber that seeks to remove those height restrictions, there is tremendous growth potential in the mass timber market. (read more)