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500,000-Sq-Ft Timber Skyscraper Planned In New Jersey

A 500,000-square-foot skyscraper will be the largest mass timber building in the United States. Designed by Canadian studio Michael Green Architecture – architects of T3, the current tallest cross-laminated timber (CLT) building in the U.S. – the new Riverfront Square structure comprises three buildings with heights of six, eight, and 11 stories. The structure will be made of both cross-laminated timber and glulam.

Riverfront Square will reach more than double the size of T3, an office building in Minneapolis.

Construction of the 11-story skyscraper is set to begin as soon as developer Lotus Equity finds an anchor tenant, says Michael Green Architecture. With a concrete base, the building will use mass timber panels to achieve a smaller carbon footprint and to provide enhanced lighting and acoustics within the interior. The timber will be fire resistant.

The structure will feature 2 million square feet of office spaces, 2,000 residential units, a hotel, public space, and cultural facilities. Workers will be able to lounge in covered roof gardens on top of each block. Triangular-shaped grass patches will be found along the exterior.

Advocates of CLT say it can be used to construct buildings of equal strength and fire-resistance as those made of steel and concrete. It has also fueled the passions of architects and environmentalists, who believe it to be a much greener method for housing the world’s growing population.

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