We recently began the conversion of an existing Williamsburg warehouse into The Journal Gallery, in collaboration with Dominik, the brother of one of the gallery owners, who is an architect in Luxembourg. While the project is a nice fit for us in and of itself, with it’s rough & clean aesthetic, what makes it even more interesting is the fact that we are using Canadian-made Cross Laminated Timber panels — it’s not only our first time using this material, but it’s in fact the first time it’s being used anywhere in New York City. It has been an exciting process but also a challenging one, in particular for 2 reasons: First in finding the CLT panels, and then in getting them approved by the Department of Buildings, who had never seen them before.
We posted a question on the website greenbuildingadviser.com and the very knowledgeable and helpful community pointed us in the direction of the Quebec based company Nordic. The firm has been around since the 1960s and produces a wide number of engineered wood products. In 2011 they started to produce their version of CLT products.. Here a link to the announcement of the Nordic website… where its explains the advantages of this fantastic material.
The next step was to get wood construction approved in NYC, where we have a super strict fire code. The good news is that the 2008 building code lists Heavy Timber as an allowed construction material with certain limitations. (Table 601: Type IV)
Lastly, we even found a contractor who has experience with the assembly of this new construction material!
Bensonwood from NH
Scheduled delivery is of the off-site, CNC-cut panels is next week…we are excited!
update: for more info about CLT watch this good promotional video