Neumann Monson architects Eric Neuhaus and Cheung Chan recently presented a course on dowel laminated timber (DLT) building systems at the 2018 AIA Iowa Fall Convention in Des Moines. The course focused on the properties of mass timber, outlining its environmental characteristics and comparing it to other building materials. Eric and Cheung presented the DLT design and construction process using Neumann Monson’s 111 East Grand Avenue project as a case study. The building is currently under construction in Des Moines’ East Village.
The course covered: material harvesting / material fabrication of mass timber; the benefits of mass timber design & construction process; mass timber’s applicability with current building codes; and the long-term benefits of a mass timber building.