The nation’s first all cross-laminated timber (CLT) hotel, built on the site of a former Army troop barracks at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, is expected to open by the end of the year. The 62,688 sq. ft., four story building known as Candlewood Suites, will house on-post military members, their families and all government travellers to the area.
CLT, a next-generation building material made from several layers of glued lumber stacked crosswise, provides dimensional stability, strength and rigidity to a building system. The mass timber product is well suited for floors, walls and roofs, and because the panels are prefabricated off-site, it allows for speedy construction. CLT was an obvious choice for the Redstone Arsenal project, according to Jeff Morrow, program manager at Lend Lease. “We specified CLT because it was a better solution than conventional building materials. CLT provided faster and safer installation while meeting stringent design needs. More than 1,533 CLT panels were installed in just 11 weeks with an 11 man crew and the project was built to surpass highly restrictive military blast requirements. CLT is an innovative means to do more with less.”
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