The Canyons is a unique project born out of a commitment to use mass timber (CLT) in building structures typically dominated by more traditional materials. The five-story, 110,000-square-foot CLT framed apartment building features a series of interconnected CLT bridges to allow ease of movement throughout the 70-unit building. The building provides retail and care-based services for residents who want to age-in-place and maintain an active lifestyle. The structure is a five-over-one podium with the upper levels constructed of stick frame wood walls, wood shear walls and CLT roof and floor decks. The lower levels are PT slabs with concrete columns and shear walls. The CLT panel layout and configuration created an undulating outdoor corridor between wings of the building. To achieve this design, CLT panels were used in atypical span conditions requiring finite element modeling. Testing was conducting at Oregon State University to validate our models. In the end, the panels outperformed expectations and did not exhibit any signs of strain even after applying 3.5x design loading. This $21 million project opened up for residential living in Fall 2020.

About Michael Clark

Mike joined catena consulting engineers in 2016 and serves as a Project Engineer. He brings together thorough structural design work and a natural ability to coordinate and manage tasks and projects. Mike’s project experience includes new design as well as renovations to existing occupied facilities to create modern environments. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from The State University of New York, Geneseo and his Master of Science in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from The State University of New York, Buffalo. Working from his home in Buffalo, New York, Mike enjoys camping, playing with his dogs and going to various brew pubs throughout his community.

About Michael Poulos

Since joining catena consulting engineers in 2016, Mike Poulos has worked on the firm’s largest and most complex projects. With 18 years of engineering experience, he brings extensive project management skills and an impressive ability to bring project details and design together. His collaborative design experience, project stewardship and calm demeanor are immediate benefits for every project. Mike earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Dayton and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois, Chicago. Outside of his project responsibilities, Mike can be found feeding the iconic Belmont goats, playing with his dogs or Barbequing in his backyard.