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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.

Seattle braces for metal tariff fallout

When the federal government first announced its intent to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, reaction from AEC industries was swift and to the point.   (read more)

Tallest timber and concrete tower in North America set to go up in Toronto

The University of Toronto is teaming up with Vancouver-based practice Patkau Architects and Toronto’s MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) to build a 14-story timber and concrete tower, the tallest in North America. Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is taking on the role of structural core and envelope, with the only concrete portion being the existing foundation. According to Shane O’Neill of Patkau Architects, the new tower will “utilize conventional glulam timber floor slabs, in addition to glulam timber columns, beams, and cross-bracing members.”   (read more)

Seattle-based atelierjones creates one of the first all-CLT residences in the United States

Sixty-three trees, 67 cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels, and 12 days—that’s what it took for Seattle-based atelierjones to erect the firm’s 2,500-square-foot CLTHouse, one of the first all-CLT residences constructed in the United States.   (read more)

Diamond Schmitt’s DARE District opens at Algonquin College

Algonquin College in Ottawa has opened a new centre for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship that features state-of-the-art collaborative environments with an emphasis on the sharing and embracing of Indigenous knowledge. The DARE (Discovery, Applied Research and Entrepreneurship) District promotes new, active ways of learning and teaching that connects students, researchers, the Indigenous and business communities. (read more)

Another timber tower sprouting in Toronto

It may well be the tallest hybrid wood and concrete tower in North America. When Patkau Architects of Vancouver, in partnership with MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architects (MJMA) of Toronto, designed the jazzy Goldring Centre on the University of Toronto campus, they had Blackwell Structural Engineers design the foundations and structure to anticipate putting a tower on top. Now it has been announced that they are doing it in wood. It should sprout pretty quickly; Ted Watson of MJMA says “We don't have to go down into the ground and all of the mess and construction disruption that goes along with that – that work has been done.”   (read more)

In the Botanical Garden, Construction Workers Tiptoe Quietly

For most New Yorkers, construction is a messy, noisy business filled with clanging, dust, shouting workers and growling equipment. But at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, the latest building project has been an exercise in doing the opposite. (read more)

Column: value-added facility will help keep jobs in B.C.

What Mass Timber product is up to 60-feet long, 14-inches thick and 12 or more feet wide and is made of 99.99 per cent wood? That’s right – no metal fasteners and the only glue is in the finger jointed material that makes up the wood panel.   (read more)

Adera’s Crest to take its place in Central Lonsdale

Rhys Leitch liked the design of Adera’s new Crest residential development in North Vancouver’s Central Lonsdale district so much he decided to buy a unit in the complex. There’s nothing unusual about that, until you learn that Leitch is a principal and lead project designer for Crest’s architects, Integra Architecture Inc.   (read more)

DC architects envision timber skyscraper for Philly

If the Philly skyline brings to mind one thing, it’s glass—and lots of it. From the Comcast Center to the two Liberty Palaces, many of the city’s tallest buildings are sleek, all-glass structures. But a group of DC architects say it’s time to bring another, environmentally-friendly material to the city’s skyline: wood.   (read more)

Beulah Unveils A Promised Land In Dixwell

Dixwell neighbors are used to developers trying to woo them with plans for apartments, leaving them asking “‘affordable’ for whom?” They were pleased not to be asking that question after hearing Thursday night about the details of a new planned gateway to their neighborhood with 70 mostly lower-income apartments on a now-vacant lot once known for barbecue.   (read more)