Framework

Location
Portland, OR
Owner

Beneficial State Bank

Architect

LEVER Architecture

Contractor

Walsh Construction

Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Seismic Design
Surface Water Management

When complete, Framework will be the tallest mass timber building in the United States, and the first code-designated highrise built of wood. The 12-story, 90,000-sf mixed-use project is designed with a resilient, post-tensioned rocking cross-laminated timber (CLT) core to meet enhanced seismic performance objectives. The gravity framing of the structure includes CLT floor panels over a glulam post and beam structure. 

Framework will accommodate ground-level retail, five floors of offices, five floors of affordable housing, and a rooftop amenity space.

Serving as a model for sustainable urban ecology, Framework is supported by a $1.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s and Softwood Lumber Board’s Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The grant helps offset the higher cost of designing a highrise timber building, which requires research and analysis beyond what is typically required by code, as well as an independent peer review, and testing of project-specific seismic, fire and acoustic performance. The competition aims to promote the use of domestically-sourced engineered wood products in taller wood buildings.

Follow the progress of this project at https://www.frameworkportland.com/

 

Awards & Recognition

West Coast Winner, USDA/SLB US Tall Building Prize Competition, 2015

The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
The Framework Project LLC, Courtesy of LEVER Architecture
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