Faculty Advisor

Rahbar, Nima

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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