High-tech wooden office building planned for Goose Island would be nation's largest – Curbed Chicago

Chicago’s Goose Island might quickly develop into the positioning of the largest fashionable all-timber office building within the nation. Houston-based mostly industrial actual property developer Hines is planning a six-story, 270,000-square-foot “mass timber” construction at 1017 W. Division Road—paradoxically the previous web site of the Massive Bay Lumber Yard.


Whereas the event would be the primary such venture for the Windy Metropolis, Hines just lately accomplished a smaller, 220,000-square foot wooden office building in Minneapolis. It was designed by Vancouver-based mostly Michael Inexperienced Structure and the native office of DLR Group and is absolutely leased.

Like its Minneapolis venture, Hines is seeking to the model the Chicago instance as ‘T3’ which stands for timber, expertise, and transit. The developer can be considering an analogous wooden office construction in Atlanta and is eying an growth to different markets.

First reported in Crain’s Chicago Business in February, new particulars and renderings of Hines’ plan just lately got here to mild in an article by the Chicago Tribune. Whereas the venture would nonetheless want metropolis approval, a sweeping re-zone of the North Department Hall has cleared a path for denser, non-industrial tasks within the space.

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Regardless of Chicago’s not-so-“Nice” historical past in terms of massive fires, designers of contemporary mass timber buildings consider the fabric is simply as secure as conventional metal and concrete development. As an alternative of burning, mass timber beams would merely “char.” The building course of is faster and extra environmentally pleasant—wooden is a renewable useful resource in any case—than conventional strategies.

Goose Island’s T3 isn’t the one Windy Metropolis timber venture on the drafting board. Final fall, Cambridge College, structure agency Perkins + Will, and structural engineers Thornton Tomasetti revealed an formidable design study for an 80-story timber skyscraper alongside the Chicago River’s South Department.

Dubbed River Beech Tower, the wooden excessive-rise idea continues to evolve and will preview a future the place wooden turns into the popular, carbon footprint unfavorable assemble materials.

“I don’t assume there’s a peak restrict,” Andy Tsay Jacobs, director of the Building Expertise Lab at Perkins + Will, told Curbed yesterday. “The reply is sure, wooden can go 80 tales, no downside. The problems are much less on the technical facet than on the code facet.”

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High-tech wooden office building planned for Goose Island would be nation's largest - Curbed Chicago