Cincinnati takes on mass timber construction

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Project Narrative

Located on the corners of East 7th Street and Sycamore Street in downtown Cincinnati sits this concept mixed-use mass timber building project. The 235-foot-high building is occupied by both commercial space and residential apartment space.

In the past 5-10 years substantial development interest has been seen in the surrounding parcels of the site including multiple 10+ story developments in close proximity to the site. This concept building was created in response to these new traditional concrete and steel podium-style buildings as a way to express an alternate style and the use of innovative new technologies!

This mass timber concept will be structurally supported using a combination of cross-laminated timber (CLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), glue-laminated timber, and 3D-printed concrete. The concept building will also feature onsite energy production executed entirely by photovoltaic panels. One of the main defining features will be a large green roof supported in part by a rainwater storage system.

This concept building hopes to inspire a conversation on the possibility and benefits of giving Cincinnati a unique mass timber building to enrich its already beautiful architectural history. Timber if responsibly harvested is one of the few truly sustainable building materials available! It sequesters carbon and requires little to no carbon output to produce as opposed to steel, aluminum, or concrete.


Project Details

Submission Category

Building Architecture- Large Scale (>10,000 sf)

Date of Completion

January, 2021

Submitting Firm Name

Roger Chanin

Project Team

Student Team Members

Roger Chanin