Timber: What’s Old is New Again
As a structural material, mass timber has been in our design kit for the better part of a decade. When we brought the T3 North Loop building in Minneapolis to life in 2016, it was the tallest mass timber building in the United States at the time. And with anchor tenant Amazon occupying half the leasable real estate, the building’s neo-industrial design gave timber its growth spurt: Minnesota is reportedly exploring ways to re-kindle its timber industry to support the production of materials like cross laminated timber and nail laminated timber. All of this was prior to the 2021 International Building Code cycle update that addressed concerns like maximum heights and fire resistance.
Our design is a celebration of this exposed structure. We do everything we can to detail it very carefully, and to integrate all the different systems. Components like the sprinkler pipes and mechanical systems are all working in concert with the structural system."
Perhaps most importantly, mass timber is a renewable resource that can reduce the carbon footprint of a building – especially when compared to a more typical steel or concrete structure. For example, the lumber that was used on T3 North Loop in Minneapolis was actually claimed from trees that had been attacked by invasive beetles.
By using these trees, which would have otherwise rotted away and released their stored carbon, the building is now projected to sequester about 3,200 metric tons of carbon over the building’s life."
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