Wood works

ever-taller 'plyscraper' projects are delivering major benefits—and presenting teams with new challenges

Move over, steel. Wood is taking center stage in a surprising number of tall-building construction projects. In London, England, a developer has proposed a 100-story wooden tower nicknamed "the Splinter." This year, a £44 million project to build a 276-foot (84-meter) "plyscraper" in Vienna, Austria will enter its construction phase. But as wooden buildings rise to new heights in Europe and North America, project teams are contending with new kinds of challenges, including navigating building code restrictions and overcoming the learning curve of working with a new material.
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