Watch: High-tech timber erected at UMass
In October we wrote about a revolutionary project using “mass timber” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Now that it is actually being erected, the Suffolk Construction team managing the project invited us to the job site to interview the folks responsible for this first-of-its-kind structure.
Arriving on a perfectly sunny day, it was hard to miss the building rising from the campus. Massive large timber columns, beams and panels form a structural frame that is strikingly solid and beautiful. The “high-tech wood” is light, sustainable and aesthetically pleasing. It’s not your typical composite material. You can actually see the grains in the columns that will ultimately be left exposed inside the 86,000-square-foot UMass Design Building.
Don’t forget to reread our original post to learn more about this innovative building and the wood construction movement …
After the Design Building opens next year, advocates for wood construction hope it will serve as a proof point for owners and architects that this type of construction is not only feasible but desirable. There’s already evidence that building with wood is gaining some momentum in other parts of the country. Planning is underway for a 12-story building in Portland, Oregon and a 10-story structure in New York City.
So what do you think? Will this be a movement in the construction industry? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.