Chicago-based Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors LLC. is pressing forward with its plan to construct, in Cleveland Ohio, what will be the tallest timber-frame building in the U.S. Having cleared both a major zoning hurdle and final reviews in the Cleveland City Council, construction is set to start in the third quarter of 2020 and be completed late Spring of 2021. Dan Whalen, a Harbor Bay director and native of the area, said the 14-by-20-inch structural columns to be used in the Market Square office tower are “engineered to be as strong if not stronger than the concrete equivalent.” The cost of timber is comparable steel or concrete for the project, he said. Whelan went onto say that “Our building will be built in excess of current code requirements.” The building, officially dubbed ‘Intro’ will be built just south of the West Side Market along West 25th Street, when complete will be a 9-story timber-framed, with 298 micro apartments, with the lower floors having both retail space and an event venue.
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