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Mass Timber Multi-Family

A Developer and Architect Compare Tall Wood Hybrid Structures

The use of mass timber for housing has increased over the past few years, to the point that 75% of U.S. mass timber projects six stories or greater that are now in design are multi-family residential. Developers are increasingly recognizing the potential of these innovative wood materials to provide a differentiated product that offers sustainability and biophilic benefits, as well as greater leasing velocity, tenant retention, and return on investment. This presentation will compare two such projects—Bakers Place, a 14-story luxury mixed-use development, and Heartwood Workforce Housing, an eight-story project that offers housing for families making 60-100% of the Area Median Income. Presented by their developer and architect (respectively), the session will examine how objectives such as scale, economy, and sustainability were achieved using hybrid construction and the new tall wood construction types.

June 12, 2024 | 1:00pm-2:30pm ET
Attendees can Earn 1.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1.5 PDH credits or 0.15 ICC credits


Nate Helbach, Partner & CEO | The Neutral Project

Nate Helbach is the founder and chief executive officer of The Neutral Project. While studying finance and sustainability at Harvard Extension School, Nate developed the framework of what is now the Neutral Project, which redefines conventional development strategies and mitigates the harmful effects of the built environment on our ecosystem. Nate founded The Neutral Project based on this thesis in 2020 and continuously seeks to evolve and innovate new sustainable and regenerative development methods to rejuvenate our built environment. He leads financing, capital markets, accounting, investments, product development, and construction oversight of the company’s low, mid, and high-rise developments. 

Susan Jones, FAIA | atelierjones

Susan Jones, FAIA, is an architect with over 30 years of experience and is the lead architect of Heartwood. Founder of the award-winning architectural Seattle firm atelierjones, she focuses primarily on designing and building lower-carbon, mass timber buildings. With eight completed mass timber projects, atelierjones is a national leader. atelierjones, a solely woman-owned architectural firm, designs tall and mid-rise, multi-family mass timber housing, as well as mass timber institutional buildings and single-family houses. Susan regularly partakes in national and international leadership-level collaborations to create change at scale and ensure rigor on multiple levels, from forest health to LCA studies, to fire testing, including a multi-year commitment to write and pass new national 2021/2024 ICC Tall Wood Building Codes.

Susan was awarded the 2024 AIA Seattle Gold Medal, recognizing distinguished lifetime achievement in architecture, including design and professional practice and service to the profession, the community, education and the arts.

Bonus content

Attendees are invited to stay for the end of the non-accredited portion of the webinar featuring WoodWorks Partner Rothoblaas for a manufacturer Q&A. Learn more about their products and services and how they can be a resource on your next project.

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