There is a wooden office building planned for Chicago. Hines- Interests, a Houston based company, is seeking zoning approval for a new project that they are doing. The building will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It will be similar to a building in Minneapolis, which was built using engineered wood and each floor was separated by a concrete layer.
- Houston-based Hines Interests is seeking zoning approval for its new project at 1017 W. Division Street in Chicago. The building would be similar to the seven-story T3 office building finished in 2016 in Minneapolis which was built using engineered wood with each floor separated by a concrete layer.
- Timber towers are trending in other cities, too. Plans for wooden high-rises are in the works in Stockholm, London, and Melbourne. Perkins+Will recently proposed an 80-story wood tower on the Chicago River.
- Dr. Michael Ramage, of the Center for Natural Material Innovation at Cambridge University, says “There is a huge perception problem. Timber doesn’t burn in the way the public imagines. The great fires of London and Chicago were both sparked by very small pieces of wood.
“Houston-based Hines Interests is seeking zoning approval for its new project at 1017 W. Division Street in Chicago.”