Building Trends: Mass Timber

Turning Mass Timber Interest into Projects

Mass timber is no longer just a novel concept used elsewhere in the world. Curiosity is turning into expertise, and structures are being built. As of September 2018, 439 multi-family, commercial, or institutional projects have been constructed out of mass timber across the U.S., or they’re currently in design.

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WoodWorks has been supporting this evolution from the outset. In 2015, we provided technical assistance on a handful of projects where the architect, engineer or developer had an interest in using mass or heavy timber. In 2017, our support had grown to 158 projects, and we expect to support close to 200 projects this year. WoodWorks is also a leading provider of mass timber education, through Wood Solutions Fairs, Wood Design Symposiums, workshops, webinars, lunch and learns, and more.

We can help make your mass timber project a reality!

Do you need …

  • mass timber specialist? We have a database of successful projects. Let us connect you with experienced professionals.
  • Successful details? Ask our Help Desk or contact your local Regional Director.
  • Materials? Our National Partners include mass timber manufacturers, and more plants are coming online this year. We can introduce you to potential suppliers.
  • Installation expertise—or experts? Stay tuned! We’re launching a training program for mass timber installers that will also include a directory of experienced professionals across the U.S.

Mass timber now comes in many forms. Products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking (3x or 4x boards), and traditional post and beam framing are well established, while newer products such as dowel-laminated timber (DLT) and mass plywood panels (MPP) are already gaining traction.

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*Although WoodWorks helps on many projects, not all become a reality. This graphic includes ‘In Design’ projects to illustrate the momentum we’re seeing related to mass timber in the market.