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.
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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.
DLR Group Engineering Volunteers Strengthen Future City Competition
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UNC Health Blue Ridge’s Cancer Center Tome Top Construction Prize
ABC Carolinas recognized the state-of-the-art healthcare facility with the Eagle Award at the 2023 Excellence in Construction Awards.
Firm to Design Boys & Girls Club of Queens Expansion
DLR Group’s design will optimize the club’s impact, crafting an identity within the community and providing new opportunities for the youth of Queens.
New Mixed-Use District, The Point, to Arrive in Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
The Point will serve as a premier destination for retail, dining, entertainment, and hospitality for the local community and visitors.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Named Engineering News-Record’s New York Project of the Year
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DLR Group Relocates to Dubai Science Park
Global design firm’s new office in Dubai Science Park provides architecture, interior design, planning, and specialty services in the Middle East and Africa.
Baoshan Long Beach Complex Celebrates with Grand Opening
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First Class-A Timber Office and Residential Space Debuts in Austin, Texas
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