Build It With Wood

U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition

Oct. 14, 2015
New England Forestry Foundation

Recently, the U.S.D.A. and Softwood Lumber Board announced the winners of the 2015 U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition. The winning designs were awarded $3 million to support tall wood demonstration projects.

The East Coast winner is 475 West 18th in New York City, a residential condominium building proposed by 130-134 Holdings LLC, in partnership with Spiritos Properties, SHoP Architects, Arup, Icor Associates, and environmental consultancy Atelier Ten.

(Interior design for the East Coast winner in New York City, New York. Photo credit: SHoP Architects)


The West Coast winner is Framework, an urban and rural ecological project located in Portland, Oregon. It is anticipated to be one of the first tall timber structures in the country at 12-stories. The building is described as consisting of one level of ground floor retail, 5 levels of office, 5 levels of workforce housing and a roof top amenity space.

(Exterior design for the West Coast winner in Portland, Oregon. Photo credit: Framework)

The competition is meant to be “the first step in a process to showcase the safe application, practicality and sustainability of tall wood structures (minimum 80 feet in height) that uses mass timber, composite wood technologies and innovative building techniques” and was established “to provide scientific as well as technical support to encourage and support the design and construction of tall wood demonstration projects within the U.S.”

See the winners and learn more about the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition.