Apex Plaza – Mass Timber High-Rise
Mass timber construction has gained momentum throughout North America over the past ten years. For example, Apex Plaza is an approximately 300,000 square foot, mixed-use office/retail/ residential high-rise building in Charlottesville, Virginia, with six stories of mass timber framing over a four-story concrete podium parking structure. At the time of its completion in April 2022, Apex Plaza became the largest mass timber-framed building on the east coast.
Recent development in Charlottesville has focused on congested sites near the University of Virginia and the city’s downtown. The site for Apex Plaza has all the challenges associated with urban development, such as property line and existing building constraints on all sides, a high water table, and a limited laydown area for construction.