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A 12-story, wood-construction high rise in Portland will be the first of its kind in the country after the project, called Framework, was granted a building permit on Tuesday. The mixed-use building in the city’s Pearl District will use cross-laminated timber and construction by the developer Project^ is slated to begin in the fall, according to LEVER Architecture designed the wood-core structure, and The Architects Newspaper reported that “the design required rigorous fire, seismic, and other safety tests to prove its durability compared to typical steel and concrete construction.” In the timber-rich Pacific Northwest, Seattle was the first city to allow CLT in construction, but city code limits structures to five stories for residential buildings and six stories for office buildings, Seattle Magazine reported last October.

Framework building
An artist’s rendering of the Framework building in Portland. (LEVER Architecture)
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