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SHoP’s project came via a competition hosted by the United States Department of Agriculture, in partnership with the Softwood Lumber Board and the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, that asked architecture firms to design buildings at least 80 feet tall that employed wood construction technologies. SHoP’s design, dubbed 475 West, won the competition along with a 12-story building in Portland. The firms will split a $3 million prize to “embark on the exploratory phase of their projects, including the research and development necessary to utilize engineered wood products in high-rise construction.”
According to the competition, “Building stronger markets for innovative new wood products supports sustainable forestry, helps buffer reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and puts rural America at the forefront of an emerging industry. Presently, markets for wood and other related forest products support more than one million direct jobs, many in America‘s forests. As these markets expand, so will the economic opportunities.” […]