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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Winning projects include an events center for Mies van der Rohe's landmark Farnsworth House and a new boathouse along...

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Tech-friendly furniture, “live walls,” sit-stand desks, and circadian lighting are among the emerging trends identifi...

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Data center design specialist SPARCH creates a modular scheme for solutions provider Digital Realty.

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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The publication provides guidelines on interface requirements between chilled-water systems and technology cooling...
 

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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The Niobrara Data Center Energy Park project in Colorado will be the first data center to be fully self-contained wit...

Facebook Data Center, Lule, Sweden
May 23, 2014 | David Barista, Editor-in-Chief

The demand for sophisticated facility monitoring solutions has spurred a new market segment—data center infrastructur...

May 22, 2014 | The International Living Future Institute

The Living Building Challenge, a built environment’s performance standard from the International Living Future Instit...

The Allen Independent School District will not open its high school's $60 millio
May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

The 18,000-seat Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, opened in 2012 to much fanfare. But cracks recently began to appear th...

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Team BlackSheep—devotees of filmmaking with drones—has posted a fun video that takes viewers high over the city for s...

Getting to net zero: How do we power an existing building with all renewable ene
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The 73-page report breaks down the incremental cost premiums for transforming three LEED Platinum-designed buildings...

UT Dallas 74,000-sf Student Services Building, the first academic structure in T
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Preliminary DOE analysis shows that the ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the...

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May 22, 2014 | BD+C Staff

Federal disaster policy should shift its focus toward mitigation in order to reduce future disaster costs, the Nation...

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The High Line, New York City's elevated park created from a conversion of rail lines, is the organizing principle for...

The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179 mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter c
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The legislation focused on energy efficiency standards such as water heaters with smart meters and cheaper heating an...

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Lenfest Hall, one of the museum's two principal public entrance spaces, will be
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Gehry's final design reorganizes and expands the building, adding more than 169,000 sf of space, much of it below the...

A large variety of loosely structured spaces contrast with small, private meetin
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The new East Coast office for the Internet radio provider is housed on two interconnected floors of the classic 125 P...

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The March ABI score was 49.6, up slightly from a mark of 48.8 in March, but still below the growth threshold of 50. ...

May 20, 2014 | Arup

The book, co-authored by Arup's Russell Fortmeyer, illustrates the various ways architects, consultants, and engineer...

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Called "The Legal Office of the Future," the pop-up demonstration project made its debut this week at the annual conf...

Located on Lake Tai, the Sheraton Huzhou Hot Spring Resort by MAD is a 102-meter
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Eight other high-rise projects were named Emporis Skyscraper Award winners, including DC Tower 1 by Dominique Perraul...

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Despite emerging structural challenges and newly-announced store closings, such as those of Radio Shack and Office De...

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A judge has ordered the left-wing political party Esquerra Unida to pay €30,000 to Santiago Calatrava because of "ins...

Since trading traditional closed cubicles for an open, transparent layout, softw
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Driven by changing work styles, mobile technology, and the growing presence of Millennials, today’s workplaces are ch...

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The improved economy has boosted construction starts, but a shortage of experienced trade workers has led to more on-...

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Massive storm surge barriers would be too costly for the potential benefit to protect New York City from violent stor...

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The Affordable Green Neighborhoods Grant Program will offer 14 grants to developers of affordable housing in North Am...

Neville Willsmore (left) and Thomas Christian have joined Harley Ellis Devereaux
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Neville Willsmore, Thomas Christian join leadership team for Harley Ellis Devereaux.

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