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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.

U of T announces 14-storey wood tower

The University of Toronto has announced plans to build a 14-storey academic tower made of timber. The tower will be built above the Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and will house a number of academic units, including Rotman executive programs, the Munk School of Global Affairs, the Faculty of Arts and Science’s Master in Mathematical Finance program and the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, said a U of T statement.  (read more)

Video: WoodWorks blast testing shows mass timber strength

Following a promising previous round of testing, WoodWorks–Wood Products Council, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service Forest Products Lab (FPL) and Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), conducted a second series of blast tests on three existing two-story, single-bay cross-laminated timber (CLT) structures at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. The council reported positive observations from the blast site, with all structures remaining intact under significant explosive loading. (read more)

Provencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For Toronto

As their entry in a competition for The Arbour, a new academic building for the campus of George Brown College on Toronto’s Lake Ontario waterfront, Montreal-based firm Provencher_Roy have revealed their design for an adaptable mass timber building that could grow and change in time. Using a staggered truss structural system that divides the building into modular cells measuring 8.4 meters tall, 17.4 meters wide and 40 meters long, the firm explains that the stacked program elements can be reorganized as necessary, with classrooms and double-height auditorium spaces able to be converted to basketball courts or column-free open offices by adjusting the cross-laminated timber flooring, which can be adjusted without compromising the rest of the structure.   (read more)

Brown’s revised budget boosts ‘climate smart’ ag

Gov. Jerry Brown's $137.6 billion revised budget proposal for fiscal 2018-19 seeks to boost "climate smart" agriculture, including $60 million in one-time grant funding to help growers replace old diesel-powered vehicles and equipment and put in more resource-efficient systems. (read more)

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)