‘Tall timber’ developments take a star turn in Toronto.

Original article via Globe and Mail. Click here to read.

On a site tour earlier this month of Toronto’s first substantial “tall timber” project, the developer, Jeff Hull of Hullmark Developments, good-naturedly encouraged visitors to hug the columns – should they feel so inclined.

In fact, as contractors have been installing the sturdy “glulam” columns in Hullmark’s new post-and-beam building at 80 Atlantic Ave. in recent months, architects and developer officials have been spotted occasionally embracing these impressive objects.

It’s not difficult to see why: After years of eager hype about the environmental and aesthetic virtues of “tall timber,” Hullmark, with partner Bentall Kennedy on behalf of Sun Life Financial, has become the first Toronto developer to hack through the regulatory and commercial underbrush to produce a building constructed with these materials.

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