Proposed Goose Island office building would be 6-story all-wood tower

By Ryan Ori
Chicago Tribune
November 9, 2017
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

A shuttered Goose Island lumberyard could soon become home to a type of construction not seen in Chicago since the 1800s: a wood-structured office building. Real estate developer Hines said it plans to build a six-story, 270,000-square-foot office building on Division Street that would become the largest mass timber structure built in the United States in the modern construction era. The city known for the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 may seem like an unexpected location for an all-wood building, but the project continues a recent trend of similar projects in North America. …“I think it’s something we’re definitely going to see a lot more of in Chicago,” said Chicago-based architect Todd Snapp, a principal at Perkins + Will who is part of a team working to design wood skyscrapers for future generations.

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