Tuesday, September 29, 2015

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition Names Winning Designs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the award of funding to support development of two tall wood buildings in the U.S. Two teams will split $3 million in funding to support the research and development of their proposed projects.  The contest required buildings at least 80 feet tall using mass-timber (such as cross laminated timber) and other engineered-wood.

One winner is 475 W. 18th, a 10-story residential high-rise in New York. 
Architect: SHoP Architects,
Consultants: Arup, Icor Consulting Engineers, Atelier Ten
Developer: Spiritos Properties

The other winner is Framwork, a 12-story multi-use building in Portland Oregon's Pearl District
(residential, office, commercial, and community spaces)
Architect:  LEVER Architecture
Consultants: KPFF
Developer: Project

More on the projects:
USDA Press Release

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

UW Disaster Resilience Series

The University of Washington is hosting a series of lectures on disaster resilience. The speakers are multi-disciplinary and there is a multi-hazard lists of topics to be covered. See more and reserve a place for the public lectures at http://www.washington.edu/alumni/hazards/