The Radiator

Portland, OR

At five stories, The Radiator led a surge of mid-rise mass timber buildings in the U.S. The extensive use of wood begins with the building’s structure: gravity loads are handled through a system of glulam beams and columns, and light wood-frame walls provide the structure’s shear capacity. A thick timber decking creates the structural floor diaphragm, and its lightness relative to other building materials translates into a more efficient and resilient overall structural system. The Radiator is fully sprinklered, which allowed the design team to put the structural system on display; beams, columns, and the underside of the floor decking are left exposed, contributing to the interior’s contemporary industrial character.

Project Details
  • Number Of Stories

    5

  • Bldg system

    Mass Timber

  • Square footage

    38,000

  • Construction Type:

    III-A

  • Building Type:

    Business (Office)

  • Material Types:

    Glue-Laminated Timber (GLT or glulam)
    Heavy Timber Decking

Project Team
  • Benjamin Kaiser Principal and Owner
  • Kaiser+Path Architect
  • Kaiser+Path General Contractor / Developer
  • Kristin Slavin Architect
  • Michael Munzing Structural Engineer
  • Scott Noble Senior Project Manager
  • Taylor Cabot General Contractor
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