Forest Service/USDA Wood Innovations Grants
Recipient Point of Contact: Nicole K. Knobloch
Location: Arlington, Massachusetts
Building on successful work creating demand for mass timber as a climate solution in the Boston area through a 2019 Wood Innovation Grant, Olifant and a national group of AEC partners will do the same for three sister cities and their states/ surrounding regions: Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Denver. The goal is to enable each city to make mass timber a centerpiece carbon reduction strategy for the built environment and to be ready to offer a USFS Mass Timber Accelerator grant program to developers and/or other incentives for mass timber construction. Working in collaboration with AIA chapter partners, our AEC industry leaders will conduct regionally-based comparative studies on carbon benefits of local mass timber construction, cost and procurement considerations, forest sourcing, and current and potential U.S. mass timber manufacturing, nationally and regionally, developed into educational materials for use by AEC professionals and city planners. The overarching goal is to create robust, long-term demand for mass timber construction in these cities and nationwide that will encourage more U.S. mass timber manufacturing investment.