The goal of this project was to investigate the viability of a tall mass timber frame in the US through direct comparison to a steel counterpart. The designs for both structures were modeled after FRAMEWORK, an 11 story mixed-use mass timber building approved for construction in Portland, Oregon. While the mass timber structure had many advantages, such as a lightweight frame, general ease of construction, and a negative carbon footprint, it was more expensive than the steel design. However, as mass timber grows in popularity, it is likely to grow in economic viability as well.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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