Mass Lumber Comes to SLC – Chicago-area company considering large U studio project, project Phase 3 announcement opened later this month
In a city increasingly marked by a concrete podium and timber frame buildings, a new construction technique is coming to the city that can help change the landscape.
Solid wood is cheaper and less harmful to the environment than concrete and steel. The construction industry’s carbon dioxide emissions account for about 40 percent of global CO2 emissions.
Solid wood also gives builders extra height and density. It appears likely to fill an important niche between podium and frame (maximum seven stories, five per frame) and high-rise concrete and steel construction styles.
Solid timber has been constructed over 18 stories in other countries, but its greatest potential in Utah appears to be anywhere from 6 to 12 stories – given regulatory height limits in the city and the tall building code. expensive height that comes into effect when the first floor of a structure begins. at 75 feet or more.
Whether developers, architects and construction professionals will embrace the new technology is primarily a question of cost and the regulatory environment. Two projects seek to test the waters of Salt Lake City. One is imminent, the other is in its preliminary stages.
The columns, beams and solid wood panels are pressed in the factory and glued in thin layers of trees. They are strong enough to be built 18 stories high and perform well during seismic events. As they are mass produced, their cost should be significantly lower than that of concrete and steel.
The construction time is also faster. Foundation costs are lower with the absence of a podium for structured parking.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the most well-known solid timber product. The last structure of the Giv Development Open project will use a product called Mass Plywood Product, or MPP.
University street proposal
Harbor Bay, the Chicago-area company that wades through the waters of college district land use planning in Salt Lake City, floats a 10- to 12-story, likely mixed-use, solid timber project entirely composed of studios (with townhouses along a street frontage.)
Render and overhead courtesy of Harbor Bay Development, aerial image courtesy of Google Earth.
The site is located at the northwest corner of University Street (1350 E) and 300 South. It is currently zoned RMF-30 and R-2. It would take a zoning change in the heart of the TSA station area to reach 125 feet.
It is also in the local historic University district, which largely prevents the demolition of “contributory structures”.
There is currently no transit station zone zoning around Stadium Trax station.
Harbor Bay officials point to their project currently under construction in Cleveland as a model for Salt Lake.
“KEY introIs a $ 144 million, 298-unit, nine-story (115 ft) solid wood building. It is heavily mixed-use, with 35,000 square feet of retail, 12,000 square feet of event space, and an acre of public green space.
The promoters have also dug an underground car park with 342 spaces on two floors.
SLC intro would represent an investment of approximately $ 125 million and would be built to LEED Gold standards.
Steve Willobee, a representative for Harbor Bay, told us they had six properties north of the old West Institute building under contract, pending city approvals. Including the Western Institute building in the development, owned by the university and used by the Department of Theater, is an aspiration at this point, he noted.
He also underlined the company’s commitment to “speak with community leaders and other stakeholders to determine if sustainable development of this nature would be supported… We do not intend to advance sustainable development. environmentally and socially in a community or neighborhood where it is located. not kissed or wanted.
Open project Phase 3
Chris Parker of Giv Development is keeping their creations secret for the last Project Open track until “later in May”. Here is what we know.
At 529 W 400 North over 0.31 acre, Phase 3 of the open project will feature seven floors of solid lumber. It sits on the TSA-UC-T Transit Station Area-Urban Core-Transition zoning, allowing a height of 60 feet (plus one story).
Parker notes that the building’s footprint is considerably smaller than its lot size, offering “27 units across a fairly standard single-family home lot width. This allows for “true density without a podium structure,” which Giv hopes will be “the greenest facility and operation” in the region.
Instead of being underground or on a podium, Open 3’s parking lot is likely to be sheltered above ground, with solar panels to help offset the building’s energy uses. A similar system is used at Artspace solar gardens, Parker said.