Reimagining the Built Environment
From its carbon cutting and biophilic advantages to its versatility and ease to prefabricate, mass timber is changing how America builds. A growing number of design teams across the country are charting new ground and advancing novel applications of mass timber in multifamily, commercial office, hospitality, civic projects and more. Their unique expertise is increasingly sought after by clients interested in the benefits and beauty of mass timber.
When it comes to advice they would give to professionals new to mass timber our interviewees were virtually unanimous in their response: start by building a strong project team and include experts who have subject matter expertise and previous experience realizing the opportunities and overcoming the challenges of mass timber construction.
As Erik Barth, an associate architect at Gensler, shared, “mass timber projects benefit from an integrated, teamwork-driven approach where bringing many parties on board as early as possible creates a more democratic process that ultimately leads to a better design.”
“We need innovations like mass timber more than ever. Embodied carbon and the impact of using different materials is really what’s going to move the needle over the next decade. And it goes beyond just architecture. It’s really how we design things as a society that needs to be reimagined.” If the designers and experts we spoke with are any indication, mass timber has a critical role to play.