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Mass Timber is a building type that is coming of age. Timber posts and beams integrated with Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels afford a practical, cost effective and sustainable alternative to structural steel and concrete for commercial and public buildings. The aesthetic advantages of a timber structure have been long recognized and its inherent fire resistance is well documented, but the general public has only recently come to appreciate that timber is also the most sustainable choice for a building structural system.
There is something inherently spectacular about the look and feel of architecturally exposed timber. Nothing beats timber for architectural drama when a more mundane structural solution just will not do.
Despite popular belief, Mass Timber is not a new idea, it is just a new name for a type of construction that DeStefano & Chamberlain had been designing for over 35 years.