TALL TIMBER Lecture: Susan Jones Mass Timber by Code and at Scale

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TALL TIMBER Lecture: Susan Jones Mass Timber by Code and at Scale

June 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


The Skyscraper Museum continues its “Mass Timber Semester” lecture series, which brings together key voices in the mass timber movement to reflect on its short history, current condition, and promising future, with an in-person program at the museum’s Lower Manhattan gallery, where you can view our related exhibition, TALL TIMBER: The Future of Cities in Wood. Space is limited, so priority RSVP is given to Museum Members and Corporate Members who can register by emailing General registration opens on May 28.

Based in Seattle, architect Susan Jones is a national leader in the mass timber community. Established in 2003, her firm, atelierjones, completed four of the earliest mass timber buildings permitted in the United States and her recently completed project “Heartwood” marks a first of its kind in the U.S.—eight stories of mass timber workforce housing. Developed by local nonprofit-housing operator Community Roots Housing on the site of a former parking lot in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, Heartwood offers 126 units, of which roughly one-third are income-restricted. It is also a prototype for tall timber affordable housing at scale.

Jones has also been a key figure in the multi-year process of drafting the International Code Council (ICC) Tall Wood Building Committee. She represented the American Institute of Architects and its 90,000 architects on the ICC Committee to change the building code to allow tall wood high rise buildings up to 18 stories. In 2021, she led a small contingent of former ICC Committee members to write and pass further changes to the Type IV-B provision and played a key role in developing test protocols. The updated code changed the allowable percentage of exposed wood ceilings and beams in Type IV-B buildings from 20 percent to 100 percent, representing benefits for cost, carbon, and biophilic beauty in 12-story tall wood buildings.

This program will take place in-person at the museum at 39 Battery Place. Space is limited to 50 attendees, so priority RSVP is given to museum members and corporate members. If you have questions, please call the museum’s office at 212-945-6324.

This program will also be livestreamed to the museum’s Youtube channel. If the event is sold out or you cannot attend in-person, we invite you to join us on Youtube. You do NOT need to RSVP to join the Youtube livestream. As a reminder, all of our online programs are also recorded and archived on our website and YouTube channel.


June 4
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EDT


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