January Snapshot: Multifamily Mass Timber, Awards, & More

Katerra Snapshot is a monthly series highlighting updates and progress across Katerra’s portfolio of work. This month we focus on Cirrus, a unique CLT Multifamily project in downtown Denver, as well as updates on other projects and recent awards.

Sustainability at Scale: The Potential for Mass Timber in Multifamily

Cirrus is the first multifamily cross-laminated timber (CLT) project in Denver, a city poised to become a leader in mass timber construction given its adoption of the International Building Code (IBC) 2021 standards for tall wood buildings. The 285 unit project incorporates prefabricated Katerra 5- and 7-ply CLT panels, which will remain exposed on unit interior ceilings, providing a beautiful, natural design element and conveying the dual structural and aesthetic benefits of using mass timber.

These same panels contribute to the sustainability of the building by sequestering more than 7,700 tons of COwithin the building materials alone.  That is equivalent to the energy consumed by 890 homes in one year. Cirrus is slated to be LEED Silver Certified. With Cirrus, and the recently completed Postmark project in Seattle, WA, Katerra is delivering nearly 550 low-carbon units to the multifamily housing market.

Cirrus exemplifies Katerra’s unique approach to project delivery with a fully-integrated team including Katerra Design Partner Lord Aeck Sargent, Katerra Construction, and Katerra Manufacturing working together to bring the project to life. 

Meet the Cirrus Team

“We have a lot of good things ahead, and I am excited about where we are going. I hope that everybody is able to get on this ride with us.”

David Newell, Katerra Superintendent

Woodworks Publishes Case Study on Catalyst

Woodworks published a case study on the Catalyst Building this month. A comprehensive look at the design, product innovation, and integrated team that helped deliver the award-winning mass timber project, as well as an in depth look at the net-zero carbon impact the project was able to achieve.

“The end-to-end collaboration used to build Catalyst established a new construction model that set multiple precedents, not only in design, how building materials were fabricated and how the structure was built—but also in how the building will be used.”

Woodworks Catalyst Case Study | January 2021
Catalyst Arch Daily Award

Catalyst Nominated for ArchDaily Building of the Year

We are honored that Catalyst has been nominated for the ArchDaily Building of the Year Award. Help the team achieve this honor by nominating it today!

Partner Updates

Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) | Katerra Design Partner

KATERRA design partner Lord Aeck Sargent’s commitment to sustainability is evidenced in the delivery of over 5 Million square feet of LEED-certified building in 2020 including what is probably on of the only LEED-certified power plants in existence, on the campus of William & Mary.

LAS’ recent work on the Georgia Sports Park has helped create a living, breathing case study on sustainable design, systems, and materials. Relying on solar photovoltaic power system, geothermal heating and cooling system, energy efficient lighting and rain harvesting, it was designed to provide the community a recreational and educational space that is comfortable, safe, and sustainable.

The Catalyst Building in Spokane’s University District. Spokane, Washington. © Copyright 2020 Benjamin Benschneider

Michael Green Architecture (MGA) | Katerra Design Partner

Michael Green Architecture (MGA), long-recognized for their pioneering work in carbon-neutral building and for helping popularize mass timber construction, was recently named Best North American Firm in Architizer’s Best of 2020 Awards.

Project Updates


Fastenal Headquarters: CLT Installation

Katerra is the mass timber supplier on a 100,00 square foot, four-story commercial office building for industrial supply and logistics company Fastenal. The project, managed by CD Smith Construction with architect of record The Kubala Washatko Architects (TKWA), uses Katerra 3-ply SPF cross-laminated timber for the office floors and exposed roof, totaling nearly 94,500 square feet. Katerra also provided mass timber design assistance and onsite assistance on installation.

CLT Panel Installation


X 2 Denver: Construction Kicks Off

 X Denver 3 will be a 22-story building near the RiNo and Five Points neighborhoods in Denver, Colorado. The project will have 412-units, mixing both private residences and co-living suites. 

Katerra is thrilled to be working with the developer on another X community. Learn more about X 2 Denver.


Artistry at Winterfield: Topped Out

Artistry at Winterfield, the first and largest apartment community in Powhatan County, Virginia topped out this month. The project includes 15 3-story building with 200 units total, providing much needed multifamily residential to this growing community.

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