Oregon looks to help logging industry with country’s tallest wooden high-rise

Portland, Ore., is planning to construct the nation’s tallest all-wood high-rise building in an effort to boost the state’s logging industry.

Framework, a 12-story, 145-foot-tall building received building permits this month that allow the high rise to exceed the current U.S. cap of 85 feet for an all-wood building.

Portland-based Lever Architecture designed the structure and was awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in September 2015 in the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The USDA challenge was intended “to showcase the safe application, practicality and sustainability” of a mass lumber structure whose “ultimate goal is to support employment opportunities in rural communities, maintain the health and resiliency of the nation’s forests, and advance sustainability in the built environment.”

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