Wood was used both as the structural material and a design element, it includes four stories of wood-frame apartments over a two-level concrete podium and above-grade parking garage. MOTO is a 82,000-sf, Type VA mixed-use project in Denver, CO | Architect: Gensler | Photo: Ronnie Leone | Wood Design Award Winner 2017

Wood has long been used as a structural and finishing material in construction of many types—particularly residential. With the recent advent of cutting-edge mass timber technology, wood is playing an expanded role in both the commercial and residential construction marketplaces.

Traditional wood-frame construction, such as low rise multifamily buildings, is tried and true. New innovations in wood construction, podium design, mass timber and hybrid systems allow architects, engineers, designers and developers to build a wide range of projects.

The business and design rationale for wood across building segments comes from its durability, flexibility, installation efficiency and ease of use. When projects are designed from the start to build upon wood’s unique qualities, they can enhance aesthetics, environmental cost savings, building performance improvements and speed to market.

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