Think Wood: Director of Emerging Building Technology is an incredible job title. What do you get to play with? What are the types of technologies that you’re looking at?
Craig Curtis: It is a fun position. Most of my time is spent on mass timber projects, but also anything that involves building platform design, kit of parts design, or prefabrication. We’ve done some full volumetric modular work. That’s where my passion is and that’s what I get involved in.
Are you working on specific projects, bigger-picture design strategies, or all of the above?
All of the above. We currently have mass timber projects in all three of our major practice areas within Mithun: urban placemaking, which is our multifamily group; creative workplace, or commercial office; and our education group. I get to work in all three market sectors, which is really exciting.
What are you excited to see as mass timber continues to develop?
I see change that is going to really make a huge impact on the industry. The construction companies have embraced mass timber, and now there’s a race to get out in front. Swinerton led the way with what they did with Timberlab, and now you see other general contractors emulating that. That may be the thing that changes the industry: the embracing of the movement by the general contractors.