Mass Timber Competition


Building to Net-Zero Carbon

Mass timber is a newer category of wood product that is transforming how America builds, and the SLB and USDA Forest Service (USDA) are proud to support the Mass Timber Competition: Building to Net-Zero Carbon.

Designed to expand the use of mass timber in the United States, the competition will showcase mass timber’s application, practicality, commercial viability, and role as a natural climate solution that reduces the carbon footprint of the built environment. The competition will help expand the use of mass timber building solutions and support increased employment in advanced wood products design, engineering, construction, supply chain, and manufacturing sectors.

The SLB and USDA are providing funding for the competition. The funding will support costs associated with the use of mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction. Funding will also help project teams overcome barriers to the use of a new building material and system, most notably the costs of analyzing design and engineering alternatives and verifying that these solutions comply with applicable code(s).

The competition will share any lessons learned, cost analysis, life cycle assessment (LCA) results, and research findings to help support future projects. It will also advance, accelerate, and prove the business case for mass timber use in project types that have not been widely adopted in the U.S., including institutional, industrial or warehouse/distribution centers, educational, and healthcare environments.

Competition Entry Instructions

The submission entry period is now closed. The review of applications is in progress with recipients notified mid-June. Please check back for future updates.

Deadlines – Today’s Date is

Submission entry period begins

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Competition Q&A webinar

Friday, March 11, 2022

Submission entry period ends

Wednesday, March 30 at 11:59pm ET

Judging concludes

Thursday, June 2, 2022

Recipients notified

Friday, June 17, 2022

Public announcement

Winners will be announced on 6/23 at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Chicago. To be added to the guestlist for the press conference, please email To learn more click here.

Competition Q&A Webinar

WoodWorks, the organization managing the competition, hosted a Q&A webinar on March 11 to answer questions from project teams. To hear a recording of the webinar, check here. If you still have a question regarding the competition, submit it to

Watch the Webinar

Judging Panel

 The SLB is delighted to announce the following panel of judges who will evaluate those submissions that have met the competition qualification requirements and passed technical screening:

  1. Joe Allbright, Senior Director, Corporate Real Estate – Walmart
  2. Ted Black, Utah State Fire Marshal – Utah State
  3. Kathryn Fernholz, President/CEO – Dovetail Partners
  4. Julia Gisewite, Chief Sustainability Officer – Turner Construction Company
  5. Tim Gokhman, Managing Director – New Land Enterprises
  6. Jordan Komp, P.E., S.E., Vice President and MKE Office Director – Thornton Tomasetti
  7. Anne Schopf, FAIA, Director of Design – Mahlum
  8. Wil V. Srubar III, Ph.D., Associate Professor – University of Colorado Boulder
  9. Joe Vaughn, Key Account Manager – Natural Capital Exchange, NCX

Judging will commence in May and conclude on June 2, 2022.