A resurgence in timber construction and engineered wood is now underway. Architects are inspired and enjoy the challenges of creating new and unique structures made of mass timbers and engineered wood.
Global nominal CLT capacity is expected to reach 6.8 million m³ (≈ 5.5 billion board feet) by 2024, FEA’s Art Schmon said in his new 2020Q3 Global Mass Timber Forecast.
The American Wood Council (AWC) is reporting that they have successfully completed two full-scale cross laminated timber (CLT) diaphragm tests at Weyerhaeuser’s ISO 17025 accredited test facility in Federal Way Washington. The tests will provide strength and deformation data important for the evaluating CLT diaphragm resistance to lateral wind and earthquake forces.
System TM and Stiles Machinery have for over 15 years successfully cooperated in the North American markets. Stiles is excited to announced that they have made a majority share acquisition in the Danish engineering and manufacturing partner, System TM A/S by HOMAG.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced its plans to build a multistory building using mass timber, a construction system that uses large solid or engineered wood columns, beams and panels to create a multistory buildings from renewable materials in the Village of Newberry in Luce County.
The five-story Catalyst Building, in Spokane Washington, is one of North America’s most sustainable buildings and opened for occupancy on September 17th, 2020.
Element5 has provided an update on their St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, manufacturing facility. According to Element5 they are on track to possibly begin production of laminated prior to the end of the year.
Construction is underway in downtown Milwaukee Wisconsin on the Ascent Building. A 25-story, 284-foot residential complex, constructed from mass timbers. When complete the building will be the tallest wood tower in the world, 4 feet higher than the mixed-used structure built in Brumundal Norway last year.
The Canadian government is investing nearly $4 million (CAD) in the construction of a mass timber buildings at the Atomic Energy of Canada’s Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario.
The city of Spokane Washington was founded in 1873, surrounded by some North America’s most productive forests. However, until recently Spokane has never really focused on timber products in construction.