Seminars: Session Details

Session E1 (HSW)
Forest to Frame: Innovation with Mass Timber
Time & Location 8:00AM - 9:00AM | Room 319
Ben Kaiser
Path Architecture and Kaiser Group

With the worldwide move of populations to the center of cities, and the ongoing consolidation of the world’s wealth to the uppermost percentages of the already wealthy, the opportunities for equity, diversity and wealth creation for the less privileged are vanishing across the globe. The planet has also reached a critical time in regard to the adverse effects of climate change. Going forward, Path Architecture and the Kaiser Group are committed to the development of both conventional and mass timber wood products, carbon neutral to carbon negative building materials that slow the devastating impact of global warming, offer new economic opportunities in the forestry industry, and frame sustainable and beautiful architectural environments. This session is presented by one of the nation's design and development leaders in mass timber construction, who will discuss the benefits of building with conventional wood and mass timber; design and regulatory challenges that were overcome to complete Carbon12, the tallest CLT building in the United States; and other innovative completed and proposed work that represents the possibilities for this building type as a solution to our urban and ecological realities.

Note: This presentation is brought to you by the University of Hawaii Community Design Center and UH Student Activity and Program Fee Board.

Ben Kaiser is owner and principal of Path Architecture and Kaiser Group, Portland-based architecture and development companies working jointly to redefine how buildings can help meet the demands of a changing world. Ben brings a unique perspective to urban development, informed by over 20 years of serving as the owner, developer, architect and general contractor on his projects. He was involved in the early stages of Portland’s Pearl District and has spearheaded redevelopment in NE Portland, including the Historic Mississippi District and the Williams/Vancouver corridor.