February Snapshot: Construction Technology, Mass Timber, & More

Katerra Snapshot is a monthly series highlighting updates and progress across Katerra’s portfolio of work. This month we focus on technology, new leadership, our mass timber manufacturing as well as project awards, and other updates.

Building a Single Source of Truth: The Power of Virtual Design & Construction

A new article by Aaron Ball, Director of Virtual Design & Construction at Katerra, illustrates the use of VDC in our projects and explores the potential impact on the industry as a whole. VDC, and the single-source-of-truth it enables, unlocks the potential to transform the entire building process.

Kris Beason Joins Katerra as Head of Pacific Northwest Construction

Katerra recently welcomed experienced construction leader Kris Beason as Head of Construction for the U.S. Pacific Northwest. In her new role, Kris will be responsible for growing Katerra’s team and overseeing project delivery in this key region, which includes Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Central to this role will be continuing to help scale the delivery of Katerra’s factory-built multifamily housing and mass timber projects, as well as advancing Katerra’s presence in other active market sectors in the region.

With more than three decades of experience in construction management, Kris Beason is recognized for her ability to assemble high-performing teams and deliver large-scale projects across industry sectors. Prior to Katerra, she held multiple executive roles at some of the world’s most prominent development and construction firms.

“We are honored to have Kris Beason join our U.S. leadership team. Her wealth of construction experience, forward-thinking leadership, and deep ties to the Northwest region will be a huge asset in Katerra’s work to positively impact the construction industry.”

Paal Kibsgaard, Katerra CEO

Katerra Joins AEC Industry Leaders in Urging New Administration to Take Action in Green Building

Katerra joined design partners Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) and Michael Green Architecture | MGA, along with more than 130 leading companies in the AEC industry, to recommend immediate actions on climate change to the Biden Administration in combatting. In a letter addressed to Biden climate advisors, the coalition advocates for an expansion of Biden’s “Build Back Better” initiative to address climate change impacts driven by the built environment. Recommendations include electrifying to achieve a carbon-free grid, promoting healthy housing, transparency in material carbon impact, and incentives to grow building adaptive reuse and retrofits.

Partner Updates

Katerra Partners, Michael Green Architecture | MGA, Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS), and Equilibrium were all honored for their work in mass timber design and construction in Woodworks’ 2021 Design Awards this month.

Michael Green Architecture | MGA and Equilibrium were recognized for the Oregon State University (OSU) College of Forestry and Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) was honored for their work on the Kendeda Building at Georgia Technical Institute.

Kendeda Building at Georgia Institute of Technology

Katerra’s Spokane CLT Factory Featured in PanelWorld

“It takes a lot of time, energy and finance to try and rewrite the modus operandi of the construction industry supply chain. Just ask Katerra.

No matter how the big picture evolves, the new Katerra CLT plant is an innovative blend of production technology that makes it one of the most advanced CLT processes in North America. For the employees, General Manager Jason Herman says the automated facility lives off three things – safety, quality and production, held together by three things – wood, glue and pride.”

Project Updates

oN5: Mass Timber Innovation in Vancouver, BC

Katerra CLT has begun to deliver at oN5, an innovative mixed-use commercial project in Vancouver, BC. The project is an homage to the beauty, structural performance, and sustainability of mass timber, as well as a showcase for several cutting edge mass timber construction innovations including a revolutionary bonding solution. Designed in partnership with Timber Structures 3.0, the bonding solution creates a solid, seamless connection between floor panels eliminating the need for beams or steel connectors.

Learn more about this and other mass timber innovations oN5 is bringing to life in a newly published case study. Stay tuned for updates as the project is erected in the coming months.

OLiV Residences Tucson: Student Housing in the Time of COVID

Despite COVID challenges, OLIV Residences in Tucson, AZ was completed in time to house students returning to school providing not only housing, but also a place near campus to do their online learning. The project was part of a recent recap in Building, Design & Construction on student housing projects that persevered and were completed in time for classes, live or virtual.

Katerra is proud to have provided Construction Management for the project.

Hyatt Centric: Now Rising in Austin, TX

Construction on the 246-room Hyatt Centric is under way on the corner of Congress Avenue and Eighth Street in downtown Austin, TX. The new hotel will feature a restaurant and bar on the building’s ground and second floors, a bar/lounge on the eighth floor, and a terrace overlooking Congress also planned for the eighth floor. The top floors of the 31-story tower will be used as hotel rooms and the property will be uniquely garage-free.

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