Based on leading edge research on new and advanced wood technologies, we have been testing their use for multi-story campus buildings. New digitally fabricated techniques of laminating timber and routing wood for hidden metal connectors for enhanced fireproofing make this renewable resource an ideal material for sustainable design, aesthetics and code compliance. Our Design Building at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst is framed with glue laminated post and beam construction, composite floor system of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) & poured in place concrete, and includes wood and steel composite space frame trusses. As a demonstration project for the campus, according to Peggy Clouston, Associate Professor of Building and Construction Technology, "The building will highlight sustainable building strategies and be the most technologically advanced wood structure in New England, if not the U.S., at the time of construction."

“The building will highlight sustainable building strategies and be the most technologically advanced wood structure in New England, if not the U.S., at the time of construction.”

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The Design Building at UMass Amherst