Todd Snapp, AIA, LEED AP, Design Principal at Perkins+Will along with Thornton Tomasetti’s Dave Weihing, SE, PE, LEED AP, Principal and engineer Alejandro Fernandez, LEED GA, will tell us about the Chicago River Beech Tower, a collaborative research effort that investigates the architectural, structural, and environmental aspects of building tall structures out of wood. Designed by the Chicago offices of Perkins+Will and Thornton Tomasetti, in collaboration with natural material researchers at the University of Cambridge, the River Beech Tower envisions an 80-story residential tower made completely of engineered timber situated on the South Branch of the Chicago River.
The Chicago River Beech Tower seeks to provide the understanding necessary to design and construct tall buildings using the latest generation of engineered timber products. The project explores the architectural and structural possibilities afforded by these materials while creating a platform for design-led research and research-led design. The study is on-going as the team examines multiple prescriptive and performance-based solutions, creating the opportunity to collaborate with researchers, industry partners, and the City of Chicago.
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