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Q+A: SOM's Benton Johnson on Testing a New Composite System for Tall Timber

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Source: Architect Magazine

Timber is gaining ground as a plausible structural system for high-rise buildings. Several tall-timber projects have been completed in Canada and Europe. ...

But Skidmore, Owings & Merrill(SOM) thinks timber can go further—and higher—if it is used in a composite system that combines the structural properties of wood with reinforced concrete. In a multiyear research effort led by Chicago-based associate Benton Johnson, the firm behind many of the world’s tallest skyscrapers proposes a Concrete Jointed Timber Frame, which employs mass timber for structural elements—beams, columns, shear walls, and floor planks—and reinforced concrete for connections.

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