March Snapshot: Women in Construction, AIA Innovation Award, Project Updates & More

Katerra Snapshot is a monthly series highlighting updates and progress across Katerra’s portfolio of work. This month we focus on Katerra women in construction and project updates.


Celebrating Katerra Women in Construction

March gave us the opportunity to celebrate the many, talented, diverse women who impact Katerra’s work every day of the year. While we are proud that we are ahead of the industry curve in the inclusion of women in our workforce at more than 20%, we do not accept this as a stopping point. We are on a mission to create new, better opportunities for women of every background, and across all skill sets within our team.

Katerra team members celebrated our colleagues during Women in Construction Week using the hashtag #KaterraWIC.


Leadership Highlight: Cotton McNutt

We are fortunate to have talented women contributing across Katerra on site, in the factory, as well as design, operations, and in leadership.

This includes, Cotton McNutt, Katerra’s Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality (HSEQ). Cotton has worked in construction across industries and around the world for nearly 20 years. She sat down with us to talk about her career in construction, what inspired her to join the Katerra team, and to share advice with women considering a career in construction.


Katerra’s Janet Stephenson on the Future of Construction with Horizon TV

Janet Stephenson, Katerra’s Head of Building Platform Sales, recently spoke with Rich Binsacca of ProBuilder and Horizon TV about Katerra’s work to transform the industry through an industrialized approach to building design and assembly.


Catalyst Wins AIA 2020 Innovation Award

Katerra and design partner Michael Green Architecture|MGA are pleased to announce that the Catalyst Building was awarded a 2020 AIA Innovation Award for Holistic Design. Anchoring Spokane’s new South Landing “eco-district” neighborhood, the Catalyst building demonstrates mass timber building techniques, materials, and a sustainable shared energy model. Catalyst’s design, by MGA, uses roughly 4,000 cubic meters of locally sourced mass timber products produced by Katerra as both structural and design elements, enabling Catalyst to achieve near-passive house levels of thermal performance. Our hope is that Catalyst sets the stage for future generations of sustainable mass timber building in North America.

“Born of close collaboration and a set of shared values, Spokane’s Catalyst Building is a testament to the fact that wood buildings can meet and exceed the performance of their steel and concrete counterpoints. Composed of more than 4,000 cubic meters of cross-laminated timber and glulam products, it is expected to be one of the largest buildings in North America to achieve Zero Energy and Zero Carbon certifications from the International Living Future Institute.”

AIA 2020 Innovation Award for the Catalyst Building in Spokane, WA

Katerra at the International Mass Timber Conference

Katerra’s team of Mass Timber experts participated in the annual International Mass Timber Conference this past week, hosting a series of sessions highlighting Mass Timber innovation across commercial, multifamily and industrial building types. Sessions also touched on several Katerra and Katerra design partner projects including: Catalyst, Postmark, Cirrus, Kendeda, oN5, 80M, as well as a deep dive on Katerra’s CLT Factory.


80M: Katerra Mass Timber Brings the first Mass Timber Commercial Project to Life in the Nation’s Capitol

Local and industry media took notice of Katerra CLT arriving earlier this month at the site of an ambitious mass timber expansion at the 80M Building in downtown Washington, DC. Designed as expansion to an existing office building, the project incorporated 2,538m3 of timber which sequesters the equivalent of 756,601 kg of carbon emissions, equal to the emissions of an average car circumnavigating the globe 75 times.

The lightness and strength of CLT facilitates the expansion on top of the existing 8-story structure. It allows for 16′ ceilings, which provide better light penetration, beautiful open span spaces, and the natural acoustic advantages of mass timber as well.

Katerra Cross-Laminated Timber being installed at 80 M in Washington, D.C>

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