02/28/2024

Mass Timber and the ‘Missing Middle’

Aimed at young families, couples, and individuals who no longer want to live in urban centers but aren’t ready to commit to a single-family home, so-called middle housing is in acutely short supply.

by Emma Hinchliffe, Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce

Mass timber building materials and solutions are literally on the rise in Seattle. Developers are increasingly choosing mass timber as the primary construction material for their high- and mid-rise multifamily projects. These range from market-rate projects like Akari House, a 12-story mass timber tower proposed for Capitol Hill, to Heartwood, the city’s first tall mass timber affordable apartment building, which opened last fall at 1323 E. Union St.

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The construction industry has been historically slow to embrace change. While other sectors welcome emerging innovation with open arms, construction continues to cling to its ‘tried-and-true’ methods.
The U.S. is turning to mass timber to create affordable living spaces for city communities. Find out what makes it the perfect candidate for construction.

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