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

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

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

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

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  • Architects: atelierjones
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Wenatchee Valley College Music and Arts Center / Integrus Architecture

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University of Minnesota Morris Welcome Center / MSR Design

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  • Architects: MSR Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  18700
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Hennepin County Library Maple Grove / MSR Design

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Maple Grove, United States
  • Architects: MSR Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  40000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dip-Tech

Ramsey County Roseville Library / MSR Design

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Roseville, United States
  • Architects: MSR Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70588 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Valspar Corporation Administrative Headquarters / MSR Design

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  • Architects: MSR Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  131000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Wards Cove Marina Warehouse / atelierjones

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  • Architects: atelierjones
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  19850 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Urban Outfitters Corporate Campus / MSR Design

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  • Architects: MSR Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  285000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Boral, GAF, Hope's Windows, Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, St. Cloud Windows, +11