Critical mass: Can low-carbon wood construction catch on in the U.S.?
Tom Chung, principal at LWA, the Boston firm that designed the U-Mass building, said he’s an advocate for three reasons.

Principal, Tom Chung, was featured in Energy News Network article discussing three reasons why he is an advocate of wood construction. Chung lists three reasons, “CLT is a renewable resource, provided that the wood used to make the products comes from a sustainably managed forest, as verified by third-party certification. And the production process is much less carbon-intensive compared to concrete or steel. Second, the CLT is usually exposed in the building interiors, as the wood is aesthetically pleasing. And that adds to a building’s sustainability because construction requires fewer resources — ‘you don’t have to have additional materials to cover up the structure.’And finally, because the products are prefabricated in a factory, the process of assembling the building is faster, quieter and results in less construction waste, he said.”- Energy News Network


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Principal Tom Chung is elevated to 2020 The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow

Tom S. Chung is recognized for his creation of a nourishing public realm by pioneering sustainable Mass Timber Architecture, celebrating material and craft, and sharing his knowledge with current and future generation of architects.

Tom is a national leader with over 20 years with Leers Weinzapfel Associates. He has been a primary designer for a number of the firm’s most prominent projects, including John W. Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst, Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas, and Center for Engineering, Innovation and Sciences at Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in the practice and education of Mass Timber Design. He has worked closely with researchers, structural engineers and fabricators to gain mastery over this new technology. As a Korean born, naturalized American who was raised to value education and its opportunities for success, Tom is deeply committed to giving back through teaching and service. Within the office, he is a mentor and advisor to the next generation of young designers.

Tom Chung joins the fellow principals Andrea Leers, FAIA, Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, and Josiah Stevenson, FAIA.


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Dartmouth News: Views From the Green
Dartmouth College features new Anonymous Hall in their March issue of Dartmouth News.

Located at the heart of 1960s medical school buildings on the school’s siloed north campus, the 32,995sf Dana Hall project — as well as new entrances for its surrounding buildings, a wide pedestrian bridge, and new circulation between buildings — is transforming the college’s least compelling area into a well-scaled, inviting north quad.

The initiative will generate an accessible, seamless link between north campus and the historic green and main campus, allowing it to be shared with undergraduate sciences.

The demolition of an unused laboratory adjacent to Dana Hall made way for its new addition, which reorients the building to create inviting campus connections to the south.

Comprising the new social center of north campus, the addition houses the building’s lobby and a café, with an adjacent terrace overlooking a green.

Tied together by a spiral object stair visible from the south lawn, the building’s upper floors contain faculty offices, classrooms, and places for student gathering. The penthouse level features a solar-paneled canopy and a south-facing planted terrace that overlooks the iconic main campus.

The feature shows the red spiral staircase and Dartmouth students gathered. Photo taken by Robert Gill.


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Adohi Hall Receives WoodWorks 2020 Award

Adohi Hall Residence Hall at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR was selected as a winner of the 2020 WoodWorks Award in the Multi-Family Wood Design category. Adohi Hall is the largest cross laminated timber (CLT) building in the United States and the first large-scale mass timber residence hall and living learning setting. Woodworks writes, “The use of wood both structurally and aesthetically makes this project a groundbreaking example of student housing design”.

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The Dartmouth features Anonymous Hall
Newly renovated building honors anonymous donors to Dartmouth.

The Dartmouth highlights the building’s name in how it reflects the generosity of alumni, as well as its sustainability features and design overall. Principal and graduate of Dartmouth College, Josiah Stevenson, is quoted, “The average Dartmouth [pEUI] is well over a 100, so this is almost a net-zero building. It’s really the almost net-zero that’s an accomplishment.”. He is later quoted addressing traditional design of a campus with modern buildings, saying, “Most progressive colleges want to do buildings of the time,” Stevenson said. “I think that’s appropriate to have a campus of different periods of buildings. The challenge is to make it fit in with scale and material.”

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Juliet Chun, AIA receives 2020 Young Architects Award
Juliet Chun has been recognized as an AIA 2020 Young Architect.

The AIA Young Architects Award honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made significant contributions to the architecture profession early in their careers. Juliet Chun has worked to create more accessible pathways to architectural education and practice and is an advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion in the architecture profession. Co-founder of Girl Uninterrupted, a research initiative that has significantly amplified the dialogue on workplace culture and equity, Juliet and co-founder Zhanina Boyadzhieva have produced a manual that highlights workplace strategies for professionals in the workplace. AIA quotes,”It is clear that Chun’s efforts, coupled with her boundless optimism and enthusiasm, are positively affecting gender equity in the profession”.

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Adohi Hall Recieves Honor Award in Building, Design & Building Magazine

Adohi Hall has been recognized for excellence in wood architecture, receiving an Honor Award.

“The Wood Design & Building Awards program provides a platform to acknowledge the strides that have been made for wood architecture over the years, as well as an opportunity to celebrate the omnipresence of wood in architecture around the world.” explained Etienne Lalonde, Vice-President of Market Development for the Canadian Wood Council. “The range of submissions, from the smallest wood installation to the largest building, displayed a sophistication and innovation that is celebrating in our evolving wood industry.” – Wood Design & Building Magazine Press Release

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