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T3, short for Timber, Transit & Technology, is a LEED Gold Certified mass timber office building in Minneapolis – a game changer for the commercial building industry and a milestone for mass timber construction in the United States. It is the first modern timber building to be built in the United States in more than 100 years, and at the time of completion (Sept 2016) the largest in North America. The seven-story, 220,000 sq ft commercial building offers a mix of retail and office space, integrating into existing transit networks and the historic fabric of the city. Inside the building, exposed mass timber columns and floor slabs recall the heavy timber construction of the building’s predecessors. While the historic brick-and-timber structures of the district used old growth solid timbers for columns, beams, and even floor joists, T3’s modern technological approach uses engineered wood components (chiefly glulam and nail laminated timber). These modern materials bring the warmth and beauty of wood to the interior and promote a healthy indoor environment for occupants.
Mass Timber, Nail-Laminated Timber (NLT), Timber-Frame / Post and Beam
Michael Green Architecture
Architect of Record
Structural Engineer and Timber Builder