Framework (building)

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General information
AddressNW 10th Ave. & Glisan St.
Town or cityPortland, Oregon
CountryUnited States
Roof148 ft (45 m)[1]
Technical details
Structural systemPost-tensioned Pres-Lam Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) Rocking Walls, CLT floors over Glulam Beams and Columns
Floor count12
Design and construction
Architect(s)Lever Architecture
Developerproject^, Home Forward, and Beneficial State Bank
Structural engineerKPFF Consulting Engineers
Main contractorWalsh Construction Company

Framework was a planned mixed-use building in Portland, Oregon, United States, that would have been located in the Pearl District neighborhood.[2] Designed by Lever Architecture, it would have been the tallest timber building in North America,[3] and was called the "nation's first high-rise building made of wood".[1] This project was cancelled in 2018 due to a funding shortfall.[4][5]


The Framework building was designed by architect Thomas Robinson. The timber material planned for the building was cross laminated timber (CLT) utilizing Pres-Lam rocking walls for lateral resistance. The architecture firm had planned to use CLT from D.R. Johnson Lumber Company from Riddle, Oregon. The building's number of stories had been given both as 12[3][6] and as 11.[1][2] Construction was expected to begin in fall 2017.[1]

The mixed-use building would have provided office space on floors two through six, and affordable housing may have been placed on floors seven through eleven.[7]


The project team won a $1.5 million grant from the USDA in September 2015 for participating in the Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.[8][9]

The design phase included extensive fire, structural and acoustic testing.[3] Building assemblies tested during this phase met the requirements of the Oregon Building Codes Division.[6] Framework was approved by the Portland Design Commission in September 2016, and the construction permit for the project was approved by the state's Building Codes Division on June 6, 2017.[1]

See also[edit]

  • Carbon12, another wooden building in Portland, Oregon (as of 2017, the tallest in the United States)


  1. ^ a b c d e Njus, Elliot (June 7, 2017). "Timber high-rise gets construction permit". The Oregonian. p. B17. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Montecillo, Alan (October 7, 2015). "Portland Company Building Highrise From Wood". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Goldman, Tom (March 12, 2017). "Oregon Lumber Community Looks To Trump And Innovation To Survive". NPR. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Monahan, Rachel (July 16, 2017). "Plans for Record-Setting Timber Tower in Downtown Portland Fall Through". Willamette Week. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  5. ^ Njus, Elliot (July 17, 2018). "Plan for timber high-rise in Pearl District shelved". The Oregonian. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Gallivan, Joseph (October 13, 2016). "Burn baby burn! Framework moves ahead". The Business Tribune. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Design Approved for Framework, America's Tallest Timber Building". Next Portland. September 15, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Bell, Jon (September 17, 2015). "Portland firms nab $1.5M prize to build 12-story high-rise in the Pearl District". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  9. ^ Parrott, Charles (September 17, 2015). "Secretary Announces New York and Oregon Tall Wood Building Prize Winners". U.S. Department of Agriculture. Retrieved March 14, 2017.

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