TALL STORY

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Frame­work is a 12-storey, 44-me­tre-tall mixed-use struc­ture in Port­land, Ore­gon that is set to be­come the tallest mass tim­ber build­ing in the United States.

De­signed by Lever Ar­chi­tects, the project will in­clude 2900 square me­tres of of­fices on lev­els two to six, and 60 apart­ments on lev­els seven through to 11, as well as 69 park­ing spa­ces for bikes.

Frame­work will be con­structed mainly from cross-lam­i­nated tim­ber (CLT), which is man­u­fac­tured by com­press­ing and glu­ing to­gether ply­wood-like lay­ers of lum­ber at 90-de­gree an­gles.

It is hoped that sus­tain­ably har­vested wood will en­cour­age mills in Ore­gon to pro­duce CLT, which can re­place steel and con­crete in the con­struc­tion of high-rises.

The use of CLT en­ables faster and less car­bon-in­ten­sive meth­ods of con­struc­tion, while it is hoped that its use will also boost jobs in the tim­ber sec­tor.

Con­struc­tion work on Frame­work is due to be­gin later this year, with com­ple­tion ex­pected by the win­ter of 2018.

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