LEVER Architecture's rendering shows what will be the first wooden highrise in the United States. It's planned for Portland's Pearl District.

LEVER Architecture’s rendering shows what will be the first wooden highrise in the United States. It’s planned for Portland’s Pearl District.

LEVER Architecture

Portland is getting the country’s first wooden highrise building, along with a project in New York. Architects say they can use a technology called “cross-laminated timber” to erect tall buildings that are more sustainable and easier to build. Advocates also say it could breathe new life into Oregon’s timber industry.

A Portland-based architecture firm is part of a project team that was granted $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to build the country’s first wooden highrise. We’ll learn more about how the the building, how the technology works, and what it could mean for the future.

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