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Largest U.S. Wood Tower Opens

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Minneapolis is now home to the largest mass timber building in the United States.

T3 (Timber, Technology and Transit), a seven-story, 224,000-square-foot office building, offers a modern take on the century-old warehouse but adds advanced amenities, environmental performance and technical capability needed for competitive businesses, project details note.

Michael Green Architecture / Photo by Ema Peter

Wood and weathering steel make up the striking facade of the new North Loop building.

Designed by Michael Green Architecture (Vancouver) and The DLR Group (Minneapolis), T3 opened its doors late last month.

Project Details

The building is constructed of 3,600 cubic meters of engineered wood components—nail-laminated timber and glulam, according to the MGA.

The architect said that a significant amount of the lumber used to fabricate the NLT came from trees killed by the mountain pine beetle.

“The texture of the exposed NLT is quite beautiful,” said Candice Nichol, MGA Associate and T3 Project Lead. “The small imperfections in the lumber and slight variation in color of the mountain pine beetle wood only add to the warmth and character of the new space.” 

The exterior cladding is made of corrugated weathering steel, which will change color as the building ages and is exposed to nature’s elements, according to project details.

Exposed timber beams and floors were incorporated throughout the project as well.

Time for Timber?

Developed by Houston-based developer Hines Interest LP, T3 was started in July 2015 and completed in November 2016. The project was first announced in November 2014.

Timber was erected at a speed exceeding conventional steel-framed or concrete buildings—completed in just two-and-a-half months, at an average of nine days per floor, according to MGA.

MGA says the structure serves as a “prototype for future commercial mass timber buildings.”

Two other high-rise wood projects in the U.S. will be moving forward, thanks to recent funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Editor's Note: This story was updated at 10:57 EST, Dec. 20 to correct square footage indicated.


Tagged categories: Architecture; Color + Design; Design; Office Buildings; Wood

Comment from M. Halliwell, (12/20/2016, 10:52 AM)

Nice, but I think it should read 224,000 square ft. 224 sq ft is one of those micro-mini houses ;)

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