80-Story Wooden Skyscraper’s Future Depends on Building Codes

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Proposed 80-story wooden skyscraper may be a preview of tall timber future.

A project proposal in Chicago shows the continued fascination, and investment, in a new generation of wood towers, as reported by Patrick Sisson Oct. 9, in Curbed.

“I don’t think there’s a height limit,” says Andy Tsay Jacobs, director of the Building Technology Lab at Perkins + Will, who has collaborated on the River Beech proposal. “The answer is yes, wood can go 80 stories, no problem. The issues are less on the technical side than on the code side.” Read the full article to learn more about how codes will be impacted, not only by this project, but by similar projects springing up around the country.


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