Commercial Timber Frame
" Design is the silent ambassador of your brand." - Paul Rand
Mass timber is a type of framing style typically characterized by the use of large solid wood panels for wall, floor, and roof construction. It also includes innovative forms of sculptural buildings, and non- building structures formed from solid wood panels or framing systems of six feet or more in width or depth.
Mass timber projects can be completed about 25 percent quicker than a concrete project, which allows for significant savings. It also offers an economic boost for our lumber and manufacturing industry. It also reduces construction traffic by almost 90%.
Tall timber is an industry term that identifies a mass timber building constructed with mass timber elements, that exceed current high limits set for wood buildings. With the innovations in architectural design. We are seeing a higher number of taller wood buildings being built. With these new designs we are signaling a new generation of amazing and creative design.
CROSS-LAMINATED TIMBER (CLT)
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a large-scale, prefabricated, solid engineered wood panel. It is lightweight, yet very strong with superior acoustic, fire resistant, seismic, and high thermal performance. It is extremely fast and easy to install, generating almost no onsite waste.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the primary building source that makes tall mass timber buildings a possibility today. CLT is a manufactured lumber, that is mass plywood panels of specific width or specific dimensions laid side-by-side to form various thickness that are adhered together using a heat resistant adhesive.
CLT wood panels can be anywhere from 6 inches to 20 inches in thickness and typically 60 feet long. CLT panels will be 6 inches to 14 inches in thickness. The fabricated panels are created off site and then transported to the construction site. The assembly of the CLT panels are extremely efficient and fast. CLT panels can be used for floors, walls, or roof building.
With the advancement of mass timber building, and the code changes, there will be more tall mass timber buildings throughout the United States, allowing for amazing architecture and design features to be showcased in new ways.
“The International Code Council (ICC) has approved 17 changes to the 2021 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code, allowing for mass timber buildings up to 18 stories. With the addition of three new mass timber construction types (Type IV-A, IV-B, and IV-C), this is the first time in the history of the modern building code that significantly new construction types have been added to the code.” https://www.constructionexec.com/article/tall-mass-timber-buildings-now-possible-under-2021-ibc-code-changes