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New York City Mass Timber Studio Launches

Photo courtesy of Denil Dominic
Photo courtesy of Denil Dominic
27 September 2023 | New York City, United States

The City of New York is taking a leading role in decarbonizing the built environment and promoting the clean construction industry. The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is launching the New York City Mass Timber Studio (NYC Mass Timber Studio) to support mass timber projects in the early planning and design stages.

Design teams can apply to the NYC Mass Timber Studio for assistance in assessing the feasibility of their mass timber projects. The use of mass timber, which involves engineered wood products, is crucial for achieving the City's carbon reduction targets. Mayor Eric Adams signed Clean Construction Executive Order 23 to decrease embodied carbon in municipal construction projects.

The NYC Mass Timber Studio aims to increase awareness and promote the adoption of mass timber practices in New York City. It has multiple goals, including raising public awareness of the benefits of mass timber construction, connecting design teams with stakeholders, and identifying development opportunities. The City anticipates increased demand for mass timber construction, leading to industry growth and employment opportunities.

The NYC Mass Timber Studio is a collaboration between NYCEDC, the Mayor's Office of Climate and Environmental Justice, USDA Forest Service, Softwood Lumber Board, Wood Products Council, NYC Department of Buildings, and AIANY.

Design teams can apply for early design-phase mass timber assessments through a Request for Applications. The program will engage local stakeholders and provide platforms for sharing best practices and presenting findings.

Read more about this story at EDC NYC.