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USAA Mass Timber Warehouse
Erika Brown Edwards / courtesy Timberlab

Aug 22, 2022 WoodWorks

Can mass timber set a new precedent for warehouse design?

In Dallas, USAA Real Estate and Seefried Industrial Properties demonstrate how wood can raise the bar on sustainability while creating market differentiation in the warehouse/industrial submarket.  

Their new 161,000-square-foot project, part of the 157-acre Southfield Park 35 in Dallas, TX, is among the first mass timber warehouses in the U.S.—and the largest so far. The Type V-B building was constructed using cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls integrated with a steel structural frame. Timberlab engineered and installed the CLT, supplied by Kalesnikoff.  

WoodWorks organized a tour of the project for a group of AEC professionals, led by developer USAA Real Estate, general contractor Clayco, architect PDMS Design Group, and structural engineer Hunt & Joiner. According to the team, the decision to use CLT over traditional concrete tilt-up helped reduce the project’s carbon impact by more than 45%. As USAA Real Estate’s construction manager Josh Hullum noted, developers and warehouse tenants are increasingly interested in building with—and enjoying the benefits of—more sustainable wood products.   

Jonathan Stites, a Seefried senior vice president, shared that being part of a groundbreaking project “focused strictly on using sustainably harvested timber and eco-friendly materials is monumental in the market and has promising room for future growth.” 

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