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OZ’s Senior Associate, Joe Anastasi, Presents on Mass Timber at the AIA Architecture Conference and the 2019 WoodWorks Symposium

January 1, 1970

This month, OZ Senior Associate and in-house mass timber expert, Joe Anastasi, gave an AIA accredited presentation on the mass timber movement at this year’s AIA Architecture Conference and the Colorado Wood Design Symposium put on by WoodWorks Wood Product Council. With several projects either completed (The Loading Dock, Viega), in design or in construction (PlatteFifteen), OZ Architecture has become a national leader in the mass timber movement.

Joe has become an expert in the overall benefits and lessons learned of designing with this unique material. Mass timber, particularly cross-laminated timber (CLT), offers several sustainable aspects as well as design flexibility. The result is an authentic and warm environment with a positive user experience and workplace.

Mass timber products are sustainably harvested as a renewable resource with a less impactful carbon footprint than steel. In fact, studies show that the volume of wood used to produce a large-scale project will re-grow (from a 100m radius sustainably managed forest) in merely a few hours. Wood’s low-embodied energy and ability to store carbon are critical sustainable aspects the team considers in pursuing this construction type. In addition, the fabrication process utilizes smaller wood members efficiently and creates less waste overall. Lighter members are easily maneuvered on site and are installed very quickly.

Another benefit of mass timber is the design flexibility. This allows architects and designers multiple structural possibilities through an integrated design approach. These dimensional stable wood panels perform well thermally, acoustically, and large mass panels are very safe; they retain their structural integrity in the event of a fire. The team has utilized CLT for floors, roofs, shafts, balconies, stairs, furniture, etc. By collaborating with each engineering and fabrication discipline early, innovative and efficient design solutions can be realized.

Bringing this natural material into the modern workplace helps reduce stress, increase productivity an Anastasi has experienced the benefits of this firsthand noting, “Tenants of our CLT projects truly enjoy their work environment and are decidedly a fan of the mass-timber look and feel which develops a more positive and thoughtful workplace.”

Joe’s presentation walked through mass timber benefits, things to consider, the firm’s extensive expertise and analysis through several of OZ’s mass timber projects and studies. Want to learn more? Reach out to us here (link) at OZ for a download of the presentation.

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