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Case Study - T3, America's First Modern Tall Timber Building

GBCI: 0920012263

Learn more about the new T3 office building - America's first modern tall timber building.
Eligible for .5 CE HOURS.
  • .5 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

Rating system: v2009

Published on: March 13, 2017

Average: 3.2 (49 votes)


We love old brick & timber warehouses. We love the feel of them, the originality, and the entrepreneurship that lives inside their bones. They are cool places to collaborate, create, and innovate. Unfortunately, these buildings lack good natural light, are drafty, noisy, and have outdated HVAC systems. So we asked ourselves, why can’t we solve these problems by selecting an authentic location, surrounded by heritage buildings, and construct a brand new, vintage building? All the charm of an old brick & timber building, with none of the downsides.

Sustainability is deeply ingrained into all aspects of the T3 design, it is tracking to achieve LEED Gold. The goal of the structure is to deliver the warmth and authenticity of a brick and timber building, with all the benefits of new construction. In addition, using wood to construct T3 generates numerous environmental benefits. The heavy timber throughout T3 actually absorbed C02 before being harvested and there are fewer carbon emissions during the manufacturing process compared to steel, concrete or masonry. Join us on December 13th to learn more about how this building is acheiveing LEED Gold.


  1. List three ways to earn points in the EAc1 Optimize Energy Performance credit under LEED v2009 CS Rating System
  2. Describe how pursuing EAc5.2 Measurement and Verification – Tenant Submetering in LEED v2009 CS rating system can help tenants pursuing LEED v2009 CI to get more points
  3. Explain how LEED c2009 credit ECc4 Enhanced Refrigerant Management is mitigating Ozone Hole Depletion
  4. Discuss the benefits to using Wood, instead of Steel or Concrete, for construction

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USGBC Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
United States


Bill McKoskey

Horwitz NSI
Shona O'Dea
Robert Heimkes
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