Building for a Sustainable Future 2020 Recap

A day of learning for leaders across sectors.

Thank you to the speakers and attendees who joined our Building for a Sustainable Future 2020 event on February 26, 2020. Leaders from across sectors contributed to an informative full-day event highlighting the foremost issues and opportunities facing a sustainable cross laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber market in Washington State. Together, we gained valuable insights into the current landscape and future of CLT and other mass timber.

This event was in partnership with the Washington State Department of Commerce.

Miss the event or a session? Explore below to find photos, session presentations, and videos.

Opening Remarks

  • Bert Gregory, FAIA, Partner, Mithun and Member of the CLT Coalition Leadership Committee

Practical Considerations for Design & Development of Mid to High Rise CLT Buildings

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A panel discussion on building mid to high rise CLT buildings in Washington, focused on how to make the business model work, building code categories to use wood and their impacts, coordination of fire protection under construction requirements, and other technical aspects of building tall in Washington.

Managing Unique Risks for Mass Timber Projects

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A risk analysis of financial, jurisdictional, schedule, and project quality considerations from the developer’s perspective.

  • Erica Spiritos, Preconstruction Manager, Swinerton

Sourcing and Forest Health on Public Lands

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The panel will outline the state of public lands in Washington, restoration plans, and the implications for wood supply, opportunities for mass timber sourcing, and how the private and public sectors might work together to connect forest health plans with the emerging mass timber market.


Manufacturing & Supply: Washington CLT grade specification

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Washington has an inherent competitive advantage for materials sourcing; however, a wide diversity of native tree species and lumber grades creates challenges. This session proposes performance-based CLT grades for WA to standardize across multiple species to benefit building project teams and lower qualification barriers for mills and manufacturers.

  • Todd Beyreuther, Senior Director, Advanced Building Materials, Katerra

Keynote on The Architecture of Life: Mass timber design that benefits the human body

An exploration of the science and health of mass timber design and how these biophilic benefits are driving demand for tall wood buildings.

A Catalyst for Change: Lessons from a Unique Collaboration in Spokane

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A close look at the 159,000 square foot Catalyst building, which makes extensive use of CLT as a structural and design element and aims to be one of the largest net zero energy and net zero carbon buildings in North America, certified by the International Living Future Institute.

  • Craig Curtis, FAIA, President of Architecture, Katerra
  • John Lang, Director of Design Services, McKinstry

Carbon Concepts and Tools

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A session that will explore common questions relating mass timber to carbon sequestration, will provide an overview of available tools to address them, and highlight what these tools can tell you, what they cannot, and what information gaps exist.

Workforce Development & Training for Manufacturing, Design, Build & Construction Industries

A panel discussion about education and training needs for manufacturing CLT and opportunities for education of architects, engineers, and contractors to improve efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase demand for CLT in Washington.

Early Lessons Developing with CLT in WA

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A panel discussion identifying early learned lessons developing with CLT and mass timber, with a close look at a 4, 8, and 12-story building in various stages of design, permitting, and construction in the Puget Sound region.

Closing Remarks