Building wood towers: How high is up for timber structures?

The Waterfront, a 128-unit wood-based residential development in Stavanger, Norway, designed by AART architects and Kraftvaerk for client Kruse-Smith. This first phase was completed last July; a second phase is under construction. More than 80 firms competed for the project. Photo courtesy AART Architects

Wood | April 26, 2015 | C.C. Sullivan, Contributing Editor 

The recent push for larger and taller wood structures may seem like an architectural fad. But Building Teams around the world are starting to use more large-scale structural wood systems. 

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Roxul's David Smith takes BD+C behind the company's stone wool insulation at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans.
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BD+C stops by the expansive Assa Abloy booth at Greenbuild 2014 in New Orleans to talk with Aaron Smith on their energy-...
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Tamlyn's Ian Daniels offers BD+C a look at the company's drainable housewrap during Greenbuild 2014.

Architecture firm principals are the Chief Financial Officers of their firm, whether they want to be or not. For many small architecture firms, principals don't have anyone to guide them for financial and other business matters...

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Bryan Crennell of Accoya discusses the company's solutions and more, including the decking provided for this year...
The exterior design of the 21-story, LEED Silver MassArt Tree House was sugges
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Many states have cut back funding for higher education in recent years, and securing money for new housing has been t...

Precast units from Coreslab Structures (left) being put in place at Valparaiso (
November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Few colleges or universities have embraced prefabrication more wholeheartedly than Valparaiso (Ind.) University. The...

 

Over the past 110 years of operation, Morton Buildings has been no stranger to environmentally friendly innovations. With a track record for energy efficiency, Morton was a natural fit to partner with an Illinois college for the construction of a zero-energy building.

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November 07, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

University students want more in a residence hall than just a place to sleep. They want a space that reflects their s...

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The Jean Nouvel-designed tower tops the list of 88 entries in the 13th annual Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Hab...

November 07, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The extensive expansion project will cost $2.5 billion, with the first-phase being completed in three years.

Marine Education Centre in Malm, Sweden. Renderings: Nord Architects
November 07, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The education center will be set in a landscape that includes small ponds and plantings intended to mimic an assortme...

Renderings courtesy Hines
November 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The Houston-based developer is planning a seven-story wood-framed office building in Minneapolis’ North Loop that wil...

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November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Demountable structural steel assemblies would be a greener way to make use of steel in the construction industry than...

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K-12 Schools | November 06, 2014 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The design of the new Sandy Hook Elementary School on the site of the 2012 Newtown, Conn., school shooting features e...

Renderings courtesy Studio Gang Architects
November 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The century-old power plant will be converted into a recreation facility with a coffee shop, lounges, club rooms, a c...

November 06, 2014 | BD+C Staff

WSP is expanding its national presence by acquiring ccrd, a national MEP engineering and commissioning firm.

Thornton Tomasettis computational modeling and R&D incubator, CORE Studio, has
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Without a common language linking BIM/VDC software platforms, firms seek out interoperability solutions to assist wit...

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With the rise of technology, much of the workday—even the most productive morning hours—is spent corresponding via em...

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According to the latest ACEC Engineering Business Index, which charts the health of the engineering industry, U.S. en...

November 05, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Preliminary designs for the $300 million George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art have been unveiled, and it looks like a...

Two separate metal gym buildings accommodate a total of four full-size basketbal
November 05, 2014 | Star Building Systems Sponsored Content

The Fieldhouse Sportscenter in Springfield, Mo., serves as a community center for basketball and volleyball leagues a...

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November 04, 2014 | SOHO China

Sky SOHO is the third in a trilogy of SOHO China developments designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

November 04, 2014 | Rogers Partners Architects + Urban Designers

The park will feature a 160-foot-long pavilion that will serve as an anchor for the development and frame views of th...

November 04, 2014 | HOK

Located in Seoul’s Magok District, the LG Science Park provides facilities to support innovative research and industr...

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The JumpLift system from KONE uses a mobile machine room that moves upward as the construction progresses, speeding c...

November 03, 2014 | AISC

These prestigious awards recognize outstanding achievement in engineering and architecture on structural steel projec...

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Herzog & de Meuron's iconic 1111 Lincoln Road parking garage in Miami Beach, Fla., is one of two winners of the $...

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November 03, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The solar canopy will shade green rooftop terraces and sky villas atop the nine-story structure.

November 03, 2014 | ASSA ABLOY

ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has signed on as a platinum sponsor of Safe and Sound, an or...

The Pacific Northwest College of Arts new home base, renovated from an space th
November 03, 2014 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

About seven years ago, The Pacific Northwest College of Art, the oldest art college in Portland, was evaluating its m...

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