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Completed in 2015, Framework was likened by its design team to a ship in a bottle—with its elegant wood structure visible to passers-by through its taut glass skin. With four stories of Type V heavy timber-frame office space over ground-level retail, it is structurally similar to neighboring 100-year-old buildings, except, instead of masonry walls, an aluminum and glass curtain wall system clads the timber frame. It is this combination of convention and innovation that contributes to its success. The concrete base is carved, rising up to hold the framework display. Eighty percent of the wood is left exposed, and connections were custom designed to accentuate the framing system. In addition to Douglas-fir glulam columns and beams, Framework includes several other mass timber products and dimension lumber framing and decking.
Works Progress Architecture
TM Rippey Consulting Engineers
Yorke and Curtis