In 2010 a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) supplier came to our office hoping to convince us they were manufacturing the next big thing in construction materials. We were fascinated. We were ready to make CLT (and other Mass Timber framing styles) happen. While we admittedly were much less skeptical a decade ago, this idea stuck: what if we could remove concrete and steel from buildings, embody carbon in them, and make them easier to build by using tiny wood sticks? Brilliant!

The lunchtime road show and promise for building better failed to gain immediate traction amongst our building professionals. Change can be slow in our industry, and we all got busy with projects designed and constructed using traditional methods.