Mass timber is the most suitable material for First Tech Federal Credit Union’s new campus in Hillsboro, Oregon, according to a new case study published by The APA – The Engineered Wood Association.
The design for the five-story 14,493-m2 (156,000-sf) building was the product of a collaboration between First Tech, Hacker Architects, Kramer Gehlen & Associates engineering, and general contractor Swinerton Builders.
During the design process, the team evaluated all available materials options.
“We allowed steel to compete with mass timber throughout the evaluation,” said William Silva, Swinerton preconstruction manager. “From time to erect, fireproofing, foundation systems, and other criteria, wood came out on top every time.”
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