Mass timber construction has garnered a great deal of attention recently, especially when it comes to constructing tall buildings. Over the past decade, tall wood buildings have popped in Europe, Australia and Canada. Initially, these tall wood buildings were topping out at around 10 stories. This is changing rapidly as a race to build the tallest has recently emerged with taller structures being proposed and announced.
The concept of tall wood buildings and mass timber construction hasn’t taken off in the U.S. like it has in other parts of the world, but that is slowly starting to change. Currently, the tallest modern mass timber building in the U.S. is the seven-story T3 in Minneapolis that was just completed last year. This is set to change as interest has grown and a handful of tall wood projects are underway or expected to start construction this year.