Seattle Project Showcases Mass Timber’s Strengths

by Greg Isaacson, Multi-Housing News

The use of mass timber in U.S. construction has increased rapidly in recent years, as more developers embrace the use of engineered wood products as an efficient, low-carbon and aesthetically appealing alternative to concrete and steel.

Among the 979 mass timber projects built or in design across the country, a new apartment project north of Seattle illustrates how wood can be efficiently harnessed to create a unique and sustainable mid-rise development. The Postmark, a recently completed 243-unit community in Shoreline, Wash., marks one of the first projects in the U.S. to use cross-laminated timber (CLT), a panelized structural engineered wood product, for floor and ceiling assemblies.

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