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110 Canal Street

Project Team

CBT Architects / Architect
Quaker Lane Capital / Development Partner
Thorton Tomasetti / Structural Engineer

Executive Summary

Mass timber construction for 110 Canal enriches the neighborhood and reduces the carbon footprint of the building.

First, there are many tangible benefits— from a sustainability perspective, to versatility and speed of construction. Second, at 10 stories, the scale of what’s being proposed is right in the sweet spot for this type of engineering & construction. Last, but not least, mass timber provides an architectural aesthetic ideal for great placemaking within this unique combination of historic adaptive re-use and new construction.

Unlike many other US regions, the Northeast and neighboring Canadian land have a special advantage of land-based access to regionally-sourced timber. There is no need for carbon-heavy shipping and use of global resources to access materials for great structures. The lower carbon footprint makes all the difference—from the indigenous materials to the methods of procurement to the regeneration of forests for a future generation of trees.

Where historically prohibitive, we’re now seeing advancements from a code perspective which are opening doors for mass timber projects. Construction/material costs, however, have been a prohibiting factor. The last 25 months have seen (on average) an increase in timber prices by about a third, as compared with pre- 2020. From a basic logistical standpoint, this increase has caused a ripple effect in the industry and in the region, which has stunted the scale of use of mass timber. We are optimistic that this trend is changing.

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