Mass Timber Competition


Building to Net-Zero Carbon

In June 2022, the SLB and USDA Forest Service announced the winners of the 2022 Mass Timber Competition: Building to Net-Zero Carbon. Six projects were chosen for their ability to demonstrate mass timber’s innovative, scalable applications in architectural design and to highlight its significant role in reducing the built environment’s carbon footprint. The winning projects, which will share $2 million in total funding, were:

  • The 176,000-square-foot Vancouver Ambulatory Care Center medical facility in Vancouver, Washington, proposed by ZGF Architects, Timberlab, Swinerton, and PCS Structural Solutions.
  • Return to Form, a 12-story multifamily and retail project in Denver, Colorado, which will include affordable housing units, proposed by Katz Development, Timberlab, KL&A Engineers and Builders, and Tres Birds.
  • Evergreen Charter School’s 85,000-square-foot gymnasium in Hempstead, New York, proposed by Martin Hopp Architect, Consigli, and Odeh Engineers.
  • A 42,456-square-foot industrial warehouse for Alaskan Copper & Brass in Kent, Washington, proposed by atelierjones, Foushee, Timberlab, and DCI Engineers.
  • INTRO Phase 2, a multifamily high-rise building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, proposed by Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors, Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, and Forefront Structural Engineers.
  • Killingsworth, an 18,780-square-foot community-centric office building in Portland, Oregon, proposed by Adre, LEVER Architecture, and Holmes US.

Each project will use wood sourced from sustainably managed forests, and many prioritize mass timber that is both domestically harvested and manufactured. Lessons from these projects will be shared with the broader design and construction communities to support project development and replication, including research with regard to cost analyses and life-cycle assessments.

Competition Updates

Updates on the winning projects will be posted here. Please check back soon.

2023 Competition

Information about the 2023 Mass Timber Competition will be announced on this page in the first half of 2023. Interested parties may choose to subscribe (at the bottom of this page) to email communications from the SLB.

Competition Background

Designed to expand the use of mass timber in the United States, the competition showcased 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 intended to 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 funded the competition. The funding supported costs associated with the use of mass timber or mass timber hybrid building systems and construction. Funding also helped 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).

Judging Panel

The following panel of judges evaluated submissions that 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