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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.

Low-income apartment plan for New Haven has long-range vision

A plan for low-income apartments using a new building method with training for local contractors — and a longer-range hope to produce the specialized materials here — was introduced to the Dixwell community Thursday. (read more)

D.C. architects want to build a timber skyscraper in Philadelphia

Since the turn of the century, Philadelphia's skyline transformation has been led by the construction of not one, but two Comcast towers that now preside over the crowd in Center City.  If you peer west and 30 years into the future, city planners promise a drastically extended downtown that shimmers on both sides of the Schuylkill River.   (read more)

Esquimalt council green-lights first mass-timber building on Vancouver Island

Esquimalt has approved rezoning to allow for the Island’s first mass-timber building to be constructed in the municipality, overlooking CFB Esquimalt. The 12-storey, 83-unit prefabricated Corvette Landing project is targeted to be built on three properties along Admirals Road and Constance Avenue, north of Astle Street.   (read more)

Mass Timber is in for massive change

We talk a lot about the wonders of wood construction but really, the industry is just getting started. Mass Timber is all the rage in the construction industry and many magazines and websites are full of headlines like “first mass-timber building constructed in Minnesota” or wherever, when in fact, people have been building with mass timber for centuries; just about every funky old warehouse in North America is mass timber, built of 2x8s or 2x10s on 2 inch spacing, nailed one to another. That’s now known as NLT or nail laminated timber. I was blown away by a presentation a few years ago by engineer Lucas Epp of StructureCraft in British Columbia, showing how the company is doing amazing things with it, so I went out to visit.   (read more)

Origmai-style ‘flatpack’ skyscraper concept that can be folded up and moved to disaster zones could help house hundreds of homeless 20 April 2018 – Tim Collins, Daily Mail

An origami-inspired skyscraper that folds up like an accordion could help provide temporary shelter to hundreds of people left homeless in disaster zones.    (read more)

The triangular wooden tower in Vancouver that will smash a world record

When the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Prize, the jury praised his experimental approach and his humanitarian designs. (read more)

Trendspotting: Welcome to the Ever-Trending World of Mass Timber

Welcome to the ever-trending world of “mass timber.” Mass timber is the wood du jour for projects like the 708-bed residence halls at the University of Arkansas, now under construction in Fayetteville. The residence halls feature exposed, locally harvested structural elements made from this wonder wood.   (read more)

Oregon Aims to Reach the Sky – With Wood

Oregon is betting that the skyscrapers of the future will be wooden, not the steel-boned towers seen today. Foresters, architects, engineers and state officials have invested heavily in "mass timber" technologies that allow wooden structures to stand taller and do so safely. New buildings in Portland have pushed the national record for an all-wood structure to eight stories, and a 12 story building is coming soon. Architects tout mass timber as reducing the carbon footprint of large buildings while speeding up construction and offering unique design possibilities. (read more)

Could Philly’s Skyline Have Timber in Its Future?

When you were a child, did you always want a treehouse to play in? Now that you’re a grown-up, you might actually be able to live in one. Architects and engineers have been constructing tall buildings out of steel and concrete ever since the skeleton frame was invented in the 1880s. But a recent technological advance now makes it possible to build them out of an unlikely material: wood. Is Philly’s newly shimmering skyline ready for something a little more natural? (read more)

New wooden building product could be boon for Georgia in the midst of steel tariffs

An international contest to design better affordable housing in Atlanta is putting a spotlight on a new building material.   It's got special significance now that President Trump's tariffs on steel are in place. Mayor Bottom’s promise to spend $1 billion on affordable housing in Atlanta could be a boost to Georgia Pinetree farmers. (read more)