The lightweight wood-hybrid construction maximizes density and value. Choosing wood for this project lowered the cost of the building’s foundation and reduced overall construction time. Concrete construction would have increased costs and limited the building to three stories due to poor soil conditions.
As a wood-hybrid structure, the floor system uses engineered wood I-joists that span between steel or concrete bearing points. Wood was used for sheathing and interior framing. The walls are dimension lumber. Two residential units offer rooftop patios with a cedar-clad roof overhang. Other units have balconies constructed of wood joists cantilevered from the wood frame structure.
Advances in technology and building codes mean wood is becoming an attractive and viable option for mid-rise residential construction and adaptive re-use. This infill project provides an elevator, scissor stairs and corridor system to unify two otherwise disparate aging buildings. Individually, the three buildings would have been of limited use and expensive to repair; a wood-hybrid construction offers newfound innovation and flexibility for this mixed-use development.