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Maximizing the Design Benefits of Podium Construction

Maximizing the Design Benefits of Podium Construction

Throughout North America, specifying podium construction is an increasingly popular option for dense, urban areas, particularly when projects require infill scenarios. Limited space and rising costs of land and construction materials, such as concrete and steel, have prompted developers and architects to re-think building design.

Podium construction allows for greater density and more rentable square footage than garden style apartments, and materials and labor tend to be more cost effective. Choosing to use wood enables the project to reap the potential benefits that inherently arise with a wood project: speed of construction, design flexibility, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact.

Podium construction wood building

Learning Objectives

  1. Develop an understanding of podium construction and design.
  2. Discuss the advantages of podium construction and the unique design benefits of
    using timber as a primary building material.
  3. Examine relevant building code provisions applicable to multi-story podium structures,
    including considerations for fire and life safety design.
  4. Examine several case studies that feature podium configurations and the challenges, benefits, and best practices of using this construction typology.
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