Rapid Footprinting: Achieve Mass Market Adoption with Mass Timber
Tim will show how products migrate and trend globally, the adoption path of mass timber analogs from the past, and a proven prescriptive method to deliver thousands of mass timber projects per year by 2026.
Effectively introducing mass timber to the industrial building sector requires an acknowledgment that this particular building type has already has been optimized by steel and concrete industries. Malleable (though carbon intensive), concrete can respond to varied site and building requirements at a whim. In contrast, dimensionally definitive (and more importantly, carbon sequestering), CLT can be an effective construction method for industrial developers — as well as respond to the increasing pressure to reduce carbon footprints.
This presentation will follow the ideation of mass timber co-existing with steel and concrete in the industrial building sector through a series of case studies — including the McKinstry Fabrication Facility (permitted), USAA Southfield 4 warehouse (built), and Mercer Mass Timber addition (under construction). The presentation will also give insight to speculative warehouse CLT prototype development.
Tilt-up Mass Timber: Protective Design, Public Safety, and Industrial Facilities
In recent years it has become more common to see mass timber buildings constructed for use as commercial office, higher education classroom buildings, and multi-family residential. The ever-growing popularity of CLT floor and roof decking used in tandem with glulam or steel framing has produced exciting code progress regarding mass timber structural performance and fire-life safety regulations. Yet the use of mass timber panels in the vertical orientation hasn’t been explored to the same extent.
FFA, along with key collaborative partners at KPFF, has been promoting the use of tilt-up mass timber for two distinct markets that benefit from this application. Within the context of public safety facilities, Rachel will share the journey of researching the case for CLT in various protective design cases. Additionally, she will discuss the experience of utilizing tilt-up CLT in utilitarian facilities for low-rise industrial and agricultural uses. Traditional construction for these building types often focus on low-cost, but high-carbon-intensive materials such as concrete and steel. As an architect, Rachel will demonstrate how to work with clients and contractors to promote the alternate approach of incorporating simple yet effective tilt-up CLT designs in buildings not normally expected to be built with mass timber.
Rachel Zanetti, RA
Associate, Project Architect
FFA Architecture and Interiors
Mass Timber and CLT have established themselves as viable alternatives to steel in concrete in mid-rise buildings but its adoption as a material for market rate and affordable low rise residential and single family homes has been met with some skepticism.
Green Canopy NODE has worked to demonstrate that CLT can be competitive in this market as well.