Mass Timber: The Sustainable Solution for the Design Industry (Part 2)
In 2022, the world’s tallest hybrid mass timber structure was completed. Ascent is a 25-story luxury apartment building, with 19 stories and 273,000 square feet of mass timber providing 260 residential units to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin market. Ascent’s completion is a crucial catalyst in the growing mass timber movement. In fact, this trend of decarbonizing our built environments is one of the ten new Meta Trends outlined in the Gensler Design Forecast 2023.
In this episode of the Gensler Design Exchange podcast, we are continuing a conversation around mass timber. If you didn’t listen to Part 1 this episode, go back and listen to that first.
Gensler guest-hosts Erik Barth and Taylor Coleman are joined by Erica Spiritos at Timberlab, a fabrication company whose mission is to accelerate the mainstream adoption of mass timber in the U.S. and commercial construction market. And from the engineering standpoint, Erik and Taylor talked with Ian Boyle of Fast+Epp, an international structural engineering design firm dedicated to reducing carbon in the built environment.
In a time where the construction industry is increasingly tasked with building dense housing for a growing population while reducing its reliance on highly carbon-emitting materials like steel and concrete, mass timber is a solution that is rapidly growing in interest.
Tune in to hear the full conversation. As always, thanks for listening!
Product Development Leader, Senior Associate
Erik Barth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, NCARB, WELL AP
Project Architect, Senior Associate
Taylor Coleman, AIA
Architect, Senior Associate
VP & Director of Preconstruction