Second-ever CLT hotel under construction in N.Y.
Rendering courtesy of Lendlease
Construction has begun on the nation’s second hotel using cross-laminated timber.
The hotel, on Fort Drum in Watertown, N.Y., is part of Lendlease’s more than 12,000-room privatized Army lodging portfolio. Lendlease, developer for the Department of Defense’s only privatized lodging portfolio, completed the first CLT hotel in the country in March 2016, also part of the company’s Army lodging facilities.
Made of several layers of pressed lumber board stacked in alternating directions, CLT offers builders maximized strength and durability with added sustainability and conservation benefits, according to a release. CLT, officials say, provides exceptional exterior wall performance for the building envelope, and the hotel’s design is compliant with the Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) Anti-Terrorism Force Protection requirements for blast performance and progressive collapse.
"The PAL program was established to bring quality lodging facilities to U.S. Army installations, and we've taken that scope of work a step further to ensure we're not only delivering quality facilities, but also sustainable facilities that will serve the Army well into the future," said Gretchen Griffin, senior vice president and general manager of Lendlease's lodging program.
The more than 65,000-square foot structure will include nearly 100 rooms and will incorporate CLT for the hotel’s floors, roof, exterior walls, shaft walls and select interior walls. CLT installation began in November 2017, and the project is scheduled to be completed late winter 2018.
More than half of the installers are military veterans, several of whom were hired through the Fort Drum “Soldiers for Life” Transition Assistance Program.
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