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Framework R&D

Beneficial State Bank, a triple-bottom line community bank, teamed with a mission-driven private equity investor; the TomKat Foundation; and Home Forward, the public housing authority for Multnomah County, to reimagine their existing Pearl District property in Portland into Framework, the nation’s first high-rise wood building.  Framework’s R&D phase was supported by a $1.5M award from the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition which was sponsored by the USDA, Softwood Lumber Board, and Binational Softwood Lumber Council. Framework showcases the innovative nature of mass timber construction, specifically Cross Laminated Timber, and seeks to develop a model for a sustainable urban ecology by promoting social justice, a resilient sustainable building, and economic opportunity thus yielding broad advancement of these objectives at a national scale.

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Affordable Housing, Office, Retail


Portland, OR






Home Forward, City of Portland, Metro, U.S. Forest Service, TomKat Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, Harbourton Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, IBEW/NECA
Resilient structural system
Lobby and Tall Wood Exhibit
Structural testing at OSU
Studio Apartment
Copyright project^
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The Chicago Athenaeum

American Architecture Award 2018

Architect’s Newspaper

Best of Design Awards, Honorable Mention in Research 2017

LafargeHolcim Foundation

North America, Acknowledgement Prize 2017

Portland Design Commission

Excellence in Design Award 2017

USDA / Softwood Lumber Board / Binational Softwood Lumber Council

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Award Winner 2015