Michigan State University’s new 121,290-sf STEM teaching facility is breaking new ground with the first significant use of cross-laminated timber (.. Read more CLT) in the state. The University and design team chose an exposed mass timber structure of CLT floors and walls supported by a glue-laminated timber frame to realize the University’s goals of innovation and sustainability while functioning as a visual learning tool. In this presentation, the architect will share drivers for the use of mass timber, highlight design strategies that are code-compliant while maximizing its visual appeal, and discuss lessons learned from preconstruction coordination through field coordination and erection. George is an Assistant Professor of Construction Management in the School of Planning, Design and Construction and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Forestry at Michigan State University. His work includes funded projects related to the feasibility of building deconstruction and material reuse, barriers to increasing mass timber building construction in the U.S., predictive cost and time model development for mass timber buildings, and reuse of salvaged lumber in mass timber products. Prior to his career in higher education, George was a site superintendent and construction project manager in the U.S., and policy director for a statewide forest products trade association. With GoToWebcast there is no software to download.
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