Last fall, LP co-sponsored the Nashville Civic Design Center’s (NCDC) Urban Design Studio Challenge where students from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design were challenged to design a wood-framed, high-rise multi-use structure.
On December 4, the architectural students participated in the final review of the 15-story Timber Tower Studio project, which was also co-sponsored by the UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chair for High-Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments.
NCDC will release a publication and exhibition of the student work in the spring of 2018, and anticipates further partnerships exploring innovative wood design and construction in the coming year.
Though wood-framed high-rise construction is still in an infancy phase here in the US, the movement continues to make strides and gain traction in the design and architectural communities. The 11-story Framework building in Portland, Oregon, which received a permit in summer 2017, will be the nation’s first all-wood high rise when completed. Completion is expected in 2018.
In issue 15 of Engineered Wood Magazine, we discussed the bright future of tall wood-framed towers, noting that studies have shown that a 38-story wood skyscraper is technically possible – and that it would be economically competitive with conventional construction while also cutting the carbon footprint by as much as 75 percent.
As the leader in high-performance engineered wood solutions, some of LP’s products have become key components of tall wood structures. Acclaimed tall wood architect Michael Green has touted about the benefits of laminated strand lumber (LSL) in tall wood structures.
We might be years away from the broad adoption of tall wood buildings, but LP recognizes that tomorrow's built environment lies in the hands of the future architects, designers, builders and construction workers across the US. LP is proud to support the University of Tennessee students in partnership with NCDC in the Urban Design Studio Challenge.
At LP, we understand the challenging dynamics of the building industry—deadlines, limited skilled workforces, potential liabilities, reputation management and inventory shortages, just to name a few—and how those are amplified during this time of unparalleled unknown amid COVID-19.Continue Reading
Many consider a Southern style house to be one that looks like it's been standing for generations, even if it was recently built. Modern Southern home trends can likely be described as "traditional" and "authentic." We recently spoke with Veronica Smith, head designer and co-founder of Smith House Company based in Texas, to gather her advice around creating charming Southern style homes.
While LP® FlameBlock® Fire-Rated Sheathing offers both flame-spread and burn-through resistance, it's important to remember these are different concepts as they relate to construction and the code. Flame spread is the propagation of flame across the surface of a material and can be minimized with "fire retardants" that delay ignition. Burn through is the penetration of flame through an assembly and is countered by the "fire resistance" of the assembly. And then there is the notion of "fireproof" materials. As a refresher, let's ask a few experts the definition of each term.
In the building business, in-person communication has always been a vital component in talking to potential clients in a personable, efficient way. With social distancing disrupting common business practices, like in-person meetings, building professionals have had to pivot plans to adjust to the current landscape while maintaining a steady stream of business.