Metropolis Magazine Names DLR Group a Responsible Disruptor
The program honors projects representing positive change, or disruption, encouraging healthy innovation in architecture and design. Our prototype caught the judges’ attention for its use of domestically grown, sustainable timber in a code-compliant hotel concept. The prototype strives to increase the adoption of a sustainable construction material – mass timber – by proving that mass timber is affordable, appealing, and accessible.
“Our goal with the prototype is to illuminate the ecological and financial benefits of mass timber while providing a fresh experience to guests,” Principal and Design Leader Steve Cavanaugh, AIA, LEED AP, says.
With this research, and through engagement with developers, hoteliers, and contractors, we have optimized mass timber for a viable hotel asset that creates a beautiful guest experience inclusive of sustainability, biophilia, and wellness.”
The mass timber hotel prototype derives from a collaborative research initiative involving architects, interior designers, engineers, developers, hoteliers, federal bodies, and university researchers. The U.S. Forest Service’s grant opened doors for our team to take the design of a timber hotel to a complete concept. It removes perceived barriers to hospitality timber construction by definitively and objectively dispelling common objections; quantifying environmental and health benefits; and calculating a compellingly competitive cost model.
A guestroom prototype is in development at the University of Minnesota for acoustic testing. Beyond this project, it will be used for graduate student research from design to forestry management.
In the Spotlight
DLR Group Partners with Texas A&M on Academic Center
DLR Group is partnering with Hines for the first mass timber academic building at Texas A&M. The Aplin Center will be an immersive learning laboratory for new university programs in hospitality and retail studies.
Mass Timber Innovation: The Hospitality Prototype
The world has reached a crucial tipping point around carbon emissions. Could timber construction be the answer for the hospitality industry?
Biophilia and Mass Timber at Swarthmore College
Our partnership with Swarthmore College for the Dining and Community Commons Project focuses on equitable community and ambitious sustainability goals.
Materiality and Hospitality: Researching Mass Timber Design for Hotels
Rising demand for travel means fresh design opportunities to open conversations about lowering the carbon impact of new hotels.
Timber: What’s Old is New Again
Many of us are familiar with wood as a decorative and finishing material, but wood is making its way back – quite literally – to the core of our buildings.
AIA Seattle Committee on Architecture for Education Nominates Jackie Eckhardt to Co-Chair
AIA Seattle Committee on Architecture for Education nominates Jackie Eckhardt, Higher Education Leader, to Co-Chair position.
DLR Group Completes Community-Based Logan Memorial Educational Campus
A reimagined campus is providing new opportunities for students TK-12, including the first high school in Logan Heights’ history.
Patti Mason joins DLR Group as Climate Action Strategist
Mason will guide clients and design teams on climate strategies for net zero buildings to meet Architecture 2030 Challenge goals.
DLR Group Named as Finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards
DLR Group’s Semillas y Raices mixed-use design concept was awarded honors in Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards.
DLR Group welcomes Edward Hurtig as Sports Client Leader
DLR Group has named Principal Edward Hurtig as Sports Client Leader. Ed will lead the Sports Studio’s efforts to continue to build on our vast portfolio of sports work on a national scale.
Breaking Ground on Jacksonville Mayo Clinic’s New Hilton Hotel
Construction begins at Hilton Jacksonville, offering a refined experience for patients and visitors on Mayo Clinic Florida campus.