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Innovative SOM Structural Engineering Research Project Wins Honorable Mention

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Source: Architect Magazine

In a world where reinforced concrete and steel-framed buildings dominate in commercial construction, a timber tower may sound like an architectural oddity. But to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), it represents a new type of high-rise that has a 60 to 75 percent smaller embodied carbon footprint than conventional structures. The Timber Tower Research Project, spearheaded by associate and engineer Benton Johnson, lays out a preliminary structural design of a hypothetical 42-story tower built of mass timber columns and panels alongside reinforced concrete wall joints, spandrel beams, and link beams. “It’s an engineering tour de force,” juror Bill Kreysler said. “With wood, you can select shapes that are optimized for the structure.”

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