Mass Timber is providing great solutions for sustainable construction. You can go to any of a hundred websites to read about mass timbers’ benefits and wide range of uses. What you might miss in all the adulation is that successful use of mass timber relies on a well-integrated team that includes the mass timber fabricator.
The old ‘design-bid-build’ model too often prevents key knowledge from coming to the table when project-critical decisions are being made. This is especially true when new materials and methods, like mass timber, are being used. Avoidable mistakes are made, budgets and timelines grow.
Simply put, collaboration provides the best outcomes. Owners and architects need to control costs, achieve quality, and improve on timelines. Collaboration does that. It requires more upfront work, and it requires a more open mindset, but it pays off with real benefits for all stakeholders.