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Twelve-story timber high-rise to be built in the Pearl District

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(Courtesy: LEVER Architecture) (Courtesy: LEVER Architecture)

Portland will soon add another tall structure to its skyline but this one would be the first of its kind in the Rose City.

Plans are moving forward for the construction of the tallest timber building in North America, right in the Pearl District.

The building will be a very prominent structure, standing tall at 430 Northwest 10th Avenue.

Thomas Robinson, of LEVER Architecture, is head of the project known as Framework. Once completed, the 12-story building will consist of one level of ground floor retail, five levels of offices, five levels of lower-income housing, and a roof top amenity space.

Robinson and his team are expected to incorporate new structural and architectural technologies that include an engineered wood core and lateral system for seismic integrity.

Portland State University has partnered with LEVER Architecture in the design process.

On Tuesday, PSU ran infrastructure tests at the university's Applied Research Laboratory, simulating the effect earthquakes can have on a structure in order to determine whether a timber building can withstand seismic activity.

"It's just very unique going 12 stories tall with a wood building. It's something that hasn't been done in the U.S. before so we're kind of breaking new grounds. Anytime you're breaking new grounds, it's exciting," said Eric McDonald with KPFF Consulting Engineers.

Construction is scheduled to begin in February 2017 and should be finished by March 2018.

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