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0:00 - The ceilings are going to be exposed.

0:02 - Nice.

0:03 - Wow.

0:04 - I am overjoyed, having worked so long teaching architects,

0:07 - engineers, and builders how to build large-scale structures

0:11 - out of wood, always pointing to precedent in Europe

0:14 - and in Canada.

0:15 - And now UMass is leading the way in how

0:18 - to create beautiful structures like the Design Building.

0:21 - The columns, the beams, the floors,

0:24 - they're all made out of a new type of wood

0:27 - called cross-laminated timber and glulam.

0:29 - And they're intentionally engineered

0:31 - to replace steel I-beams and concrete slabs.

0:35 - Seeing the structure go up, we blink and a column is up,

0:38 - and everybody seems to be happy on the site.

0:41 - We've actually seen people hugging columns already

0:44 - and so that's a special thing.

0:46 - There are a lot of technologically advanced ideas

0:49 - used in this building.

0:51 - We have concrete connected to the wood

0:53 - floors through a pulled steel mesh.

0:56 - We helped develop that connector here at UMass.

0:58 - And by doing that, you almost quadruple the stiffness,

1:02 - so it feels very rigid.

1:03 - And we have 1/8 inch tolerance for the pins

1:07 - to fit through the holes from a wood

1:09 - to steel interface, which is astounding.

1:12 - Eventually, we get a facade on the building, but not to worry,

1:15 - all of that wood will remain exposed on the inside

1:18 - so you can walk up to it and you can touch it.

1:21 - It is a demonstration structure to show the right way

1:24 - to design sustainably with wood, so I'm very excited.