Integrating MEP with Structural Grids: Holistic Coordination in Mass Timber

Among the many benefits of mass timber are its speed of construction and simplified erection process. However, schedule savings and associated cost reductions are often overlooked when developing cost comparisons between mass timber and alternate structural systems, resulting in the misperception that mass timber structures are only available at a premium. Removing this bias requires a shift in mindset, extensive collaboration between design and construction teams, and increased confidence in the inherent efficiencies of mass timber construction. Presented by a structural engineer, a mechanical engineer and a general contractor—each with extensive mass timber experience—this presentation will discuss the critical importance of pre-planning and coordination for mass timber projects. This is especially true of MEP systems and their integration into the mass timber structure, which should be thought out early in the design process.

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