First of wooden high rises to be built in Pearl

High rise will be 12 stories

A rendering of the wooden high rise. (Lever Architecture)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A new wooden high rise is coming to Portland’s Pearl District at NW 10th and Glisan.

The building will be made out of Cross Laminated Timber, which is dimension lumber made from small logs, infused with cutting edge mill technology, to create the structural elements for the 12-story high rise.

0BC1E9BDCA6A41288B9D483FFDD66D34Thomas Robinson, of Lever Architecture, says the high rise will be one of the nation’s first made from wood.

Robinson says the timbers are much stronger, lighter and well equipped to handle shaking in an earthquake.

“There’s been a real interest in the architectural community, and among developers and contractors to think about ways to build with more renewable materials. And wood is that material,” Robinson says.

High rise wood buildings are already popular in Switzerland, London and Vancouver B.C.

“This is also the future of construction as in we have a new product type that we can start to build with — a more environmentally responsible product, a new method of construction and a new method of how to think about building buildings,” the developer, Anyeley Hallova, tells KOIN.

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