Narrative Box 5

Lessons Learned
For any owner or developer looking to reduce their carbon footprint and construction time while capitalizing on the material’s inspiring design, health and wellness possibilities, CLT deserves serious consideration. Here’s what you need to know before you press go.

1 – Buy-in starts at the top

Owners must recognize the added value of using cross laminated timber from a sustainability, schedule and experiential standpoint and be willing to incur new costs that may be associated with the learning curve for the design, procurement, and construction teams. While costs associated with mass timber can be more than the cost of concrete and steel, savings come in reduced finish materials (in particular ceilings) and advantages during construction, namely reduced installation timelines. The timber in the C. Gerald Lucey Building (which is two thirds of the structure) took about half the time to install as the steel. One estimate puts the average reduction in construction schedule at 25%. And then there are the less quantifiable, though no less valuable, aspects of wood’s visual appeal, which can provide advantages in areas like lease rates, worker productivity and student learning. CLT also provides LEED (or other green building rating systems) points for those institutions pursuing a sustainability certification.