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Cross Laminated Timber (CLT): What It Is and How To Use It

08:00 - 20 May, 2018
The Smile / Alison Brooks Architects. Image © Alison Brooks
The Smile / Alison Brooks Architects. Image © Alison Brooks

A few weeks ago we published an article on a recent sustainability crisis that often goes unnoticed. The construction industry has been consuming an exorbitant amount of sand, and it's gradually depleting. When used for manufacturing concrete, glass, and other materials, it is a matter that should concern us. Construction is one of the largest producers of solid waste in the world. For instance, Brazil represents about 50% to 70% of the total solid waste produced. But how can we change this situation if most of the materials we use are not renewable, and therefore, finite?

Popularized in Europe and gradually gaining attention in the rest of the world, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) stands out for its strength, appearance, versatility, and sustainability.

12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

16:10 - 15 September, 2017
12 Projects Win 2017 AIA Education Facility Design Awards, Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer
Bates Technical College -Advanced Technology Center; Tacoma, Washington / McGranahan Architects. Image © Dane Gregory Meyer

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2017 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, honoring the year’s best educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

“Education continues to evolve, and the projects from this year’s Education Facility Design Awards program—presented by the AIA and the Committee on Architecture for Education—represent the state-of-the-art learning environments being developed in today's learning spaces,” explain the AIA. “These projects showcase innovation across the entire learning continuum, displaying how today's architects are creating cutting-edge spaces that enhance modern pedagogy.”

See the 12 winning projects, after the break.

2016 Wood Design Award Winners Announced

08:00 - 3 February, 2016
2016 Wood Design Award Winners Announced, Beauty of Wood—Innovation: China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015; Milan, Italy / Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image © Sergio Grazia
Beauty of Wood—Innovation: China Pavilion Milan Expo 2015; Milan, Italy / Studio Link-Arc, LLC. Image © Sergio Grazia

WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council, has announced the winners of the 2016 Wood Design Awards. Honoring projects that “showcase the innovative use of wood as both a structural and finish material,” this year’s awards highlight the many uses and attributes of wood, “from structural performance and design versatility to sustainability and cost effectiveness.”

The Wood Design Awards are both National and Regional, with regional awards being presented at Wood Solutions Fairs across the country starting in late March.

The winners of the Wood Design Awards are:

CLTHouse / atelierjones

13:00 - 22 October, 2015
CLTHouse / atelierjones, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, United States
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Susan Jones, FAIA, Brian Gerich, Joe Swain, Maria Ibarlucia, Mesa Sherriff, Megumi Migita
  • Area

    1500.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts Center / Integrus Architecture

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
© Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Wenatchee Valley College, 1300 5th Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801, USA
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Mark Dailey, AIA, NCARB
  • Project Manager

    Martin Sweet, AIA
  • Project Lead

    Ty Miller, Associate AIA
  • Interior Designer

    Stephanie Ogram, IIDA Associate
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

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University of Minnesota Morris Welcome Center / MSR Design

00:00 - 5 February, 2011
University of Minnesota Morris Welcome Center / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Morris, MN 56267, USA
  • Category

  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers

    Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
  • Structural/Civil Engineers

    BKBM Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Oslund and Associates, Inc.
  • General Contractor

    JE Dunn Construction North Central
  • Area

    18700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design

01:00 - 3 February, 2011
Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    13801-14027 Hwy 10, Maple Grove, MN 55311, USA
  • Category

  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers

    Karges-Faulconbridge, Inc.
  • Structural/Civil Engineers

    BKBM Engineers
  • Landscape Architect

    Damon Farber Associates
  • General Contractor

    Adolfson & Peterson Construction
  • Area

    40000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Ramsey County Roseville Library / MSR Design

00:00 - 30 January, 2011
Ramsey County Roseville Library / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Roseville, Minnesota, USA
  • Category

  • Mechanical/Electrical Engineers

    Engineering Design Initiative Ltd.
  • Structural Engineer

    Meyer Borgman Johnson Inc.
  • Civil Engineer

    Pierce Pini & Associates Inc.
  • Landscape Architect

    Damon Farber Associates
  • General Contractor

    McGough Construction Co. Inc.
  • Area

    70588.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters / MSR Design

00:00 - 27 January, 2011
Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
  • Category

  • Mechanical And Electrical Engineers

    Michaud Cooley Erickson
  • General Contractor

    Kraus-Anderson Construction Company
  • Area

    131000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Wards Cove Marina Warehouse / atelierjones

00:00 - 13 January, 2011
Wards Cove Marina Warehouse / atelierjones, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Category

  • Design Principal

    Susan Jones, FAIA
  • Project Architect

    Greg Bishop
  • Project Team

    Brian Gerich, Drew Giblin, Kristin Saunders
  • Master Planning

    NBBJ
  • Structural Engineering

    CPL, Inc.
  • Civil Engineering

    Layton & Sell, Inc.
  • Electrical Engineering

    Gerber & Vail, Inc.
  • Lighting

    atelierjones
  • Artist

    Buster Simpson
  • Renderings And Drawings

    atelierjones
  • Landscape

    Swift and Co.; Brumbaugh & Associates
  • Acoustical

    Sparling, Inc.
  • General Contractor

    GLY Construction
  • Owner

    Wards Cove Packing Company
  • Area

    19850.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design

01:00 - 1 December, 2010
Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design, © Lara Swimmer Photography
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  • Architects

  • Location

    5101 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19112, United States
  • Category

  • Principal In Charge

    Jeffrey Scherer, FAIA
  • Interior Designer

    Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.
  • Area

    285000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs