Today, the Framework Project has received approval for a building permit, allowing construction to begin on the tallest wood high-rise structure in the United States. Portland-based LEVER Architecture designed the 145-foot-tall tower, which Portland mayor Ted Wheeler called “a true technological and entrepreneurial achievement.”
The mixed-use building will contain office space, street level retail, and sixty units of affordable housing. A collaboration between developer project^, Home Forward, Albina Community Bank, and Beneficial State Bank, Framework aims to promote economic opportunity through sustainable building practices. Governor Kate Brown praised the project for demonstrating how timber construction can create jobs in rural economies. “Oregon’s forests are a tried and true resource that may again be the key to economic stability for rural Oregon,” she said in a statement.