Mass timber has been on the move in Europe and Canada for some time, where the intersection of energy savings and renewable resources propels the industry forward. Though the technology has found a market in places like Bergen, Norway; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Stockholm, perhaps the greatest expression of confidence in engineered timber to date is the new 18-story dormitory at the University of British Columbia—the tallest mass timber structure in the world.

And yet, mass timber projects are scarce in the United States. While there has been considerable growth in the domestic production of mass timber products like cross-laminated (CLT) and glue-laminated timber (glulam), there are but a handful of demonstration projects—none, so far, exceeding the International Building Code’s (IBC) six-story limit for Type IV heavy timber construction.