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Katerra emerges as a leader in American CLT manufacture

Catalyst building

Katerra in North American has a CLT manufacturing facility with capacity to produce 185,000 cubic metres annually, the largest in North American timber. Katerra also offers mass timber design, engineering, and construction services, in addition to material production and distribution. Source: Timberbiz

This integrated approach stands alone in the North American construction market strengthened by technology and a strong supply chain, extensive product performance testing, scaled purchasing power and high-volume fabrication.

“Cross-laminated timber is more than a structural building material. It is an opportunity to evolve the very nature of building design and construction, and we believe that it will be the backbone for future generations of high-performance, low-carbon buildings,” said Katerra Director of Mass Timber Integration, Nick Milestone.

“With an integrated, technology-driven team, every discipline works together to continually improve production speed, efficiency, and quality.

“Today we have the capacity to supply roughly one 250,000-square-foot building per week, which positions Katerra to help dramatically scale CLT production across North America and drive growth across the industry.”

Katerra’s state-of-the-art CLT manufacturing facility in Spokane Valley, Washington is equipped with extensive automation technologies, as well as one of the largest CLT presses currently in operation globally.

The factory is the largest single-use CLT facility in North America, producing 30% of the current North American mass timber manufacturing capacity, two times any comparable manufacturer.

Project Delivery Katerra’s integrated approach to mass timber is demonstrated in the Catalyst Building, a 159,000-square-foot commercial building project in Spokane, Washington.

Catalyst is the first CLT building in the state and the first vertically integrated CLT project that Katerra has managed from inception to completion.

In order to address vibration from a nearby active train track at Catalyst, Katerra developed the Katerra CLT Rib Panel, the first long-span mass timber floor solution in North America to address vibration without the use of any concrete or structural composite action.

The building was found to be effectively carbon neutral by a third-party life-cycle assessment study and is expected to be certified as one of the largest net zero carbon and net zero energy buildings in the world.

Katerra is one of just three CLT manufacturers in North America to receive Declare labeling from the International Living Future Institute. Katerra’s CLT factory has received Chain of Custody (CoC) certification under three major certification programs: Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Forest Stewardship Council and the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.