With the first mass-timber highrise apartment building in the United States about to open, researchers test how wood will stand up to a major Capitol Hill earthquake

The Heartwood under construction. It opens for residents soon at 14th and Union. (Image: Timberlab) (Image: Nheri ESEC) The eight-story Heartwood is ready to open above E Union as the first mass-timber highrise apartment building in the United States. Tuesday, University of Washington researchers will conduct a test simulating a major earthquake on Capitol Hill and how a life-size, larger version of a ten-story, cross-laminated timber building holds up to the shaking of “The Big One.”

You can watch the test live and see how the building holds up — or doesn’t.

“Mass timber is a new material, so we are […]

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