Advantages and Implications of Utilizing Mass Timber for Structural Efficiency and Service Integration in an Educational Building (M.S. Terminal Project Proposal, By: Aaryn Gray)

The utilization of and advances in mass timber over the last decade have changed our perceptions of construction materials and building today. As mass timber buildings are rising in interest to the architectural design profession, the Building Industry as a whole is taking the initiative to further understand and develop new and more efficient solutions... Continue Reading →

MPP Panelized Affordable Housing

As my graduate presentation, I was able to present the graduate research project that I have been a part of this term and will continue throughout the year. The project is developing affordable, panelized housing utilizing Mass Plywood Panels (MPP) sourced from Freres Lumber in Oregon. The goal of this project is to construct a... Continue Reading →

Portalen (Portal) Pavilion

The project is inspired by Frei Otto's institute for lightweight structures in the 1970s. The structure is a public piece of art, a lightweight timber canopy meant for various purposes like meeting space, community gathering, recitals, open-air theatre/ performance area and is located in Hageby Sweden, and completed in 2019 and officially opened in September... Continue Reading →

End-of-Life and Reusing Mass Timber

Amanda Stanton M.S. Terminal Project: Reusing Mass Timber: An Investigation of the Opportunities and Challenges The exploration of the end-of-life of mass timber materials has little information. As mass timber buildings become increasingly constructed and used, the question of what will happen to the products at the end-of-life of the building comes into question. Currently,... Continue Reading →

MPP Facades

This project is funded through a Wood Innovation Grant and proposes retrofitting existing multi-family housing buildings with a new envelope system that can be applied directly over the existing facade. Within the west coast lies the Cascadia subduction zone which has a return period of 400-600 years. We are due for a catastrophic earthquake at... Continue Reading →

Biogenic Carbon in LCA and Practice

Carbon Sequestration is an important aspect of bio-based materials in the scope of climate change mitigation. The carbon that is stored in wood, aka biogenic carbon, is often excluded from traditional LCA calculations under the carbon neutrality assumption which presumes that emissions lost from the harvest and use of trees will eventually be re-sequestered into... Continue Reading →

AI-Assisted Construction

Ashley Miller graduate presentation In the United States, most trees destined to be cut into lumber are grown in managed forests either owned by the lumber company or leased from the government. After the trees have reached an appropriate size, they are cut down and transported to a lumber mill where they are cut into... Continue Reading →

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