Mass wood construction project breaks ground in Atlanta
ATLANTA  —   DLR Group’s Workplace Studio celebrated the official start of construction on T3 West Midtown, a lively neighborhood in Atlanta. The seven-story, is a joint venture between international real estate firm Hines and global real estate investment manager Invesco Real Estate. 
T3 (which stands for Timber, Transit, Technology) West Midtown is designed to complement the local Atlanta market, climate, and tenant profile, and includes a blackened steel façade, harkening back to the site’s history as a steel mill. The amenity-rich loft office concept is intended  character, and warmth of late 1800s heavy timber buildings with the advantages of modern, class-A construction. 230,000 SF office development is situated within Atlantic Station, a  24/7 dine-shop-live-work neighborhood.
The Atlanta T3 building's metal facade masks its timber frame construction.
The announcement is timely since the 2018 International Woodworking Fair takes place in Atlanta next month. Prior to the show, on August 20, Woodworking Network will host a session on mass wood construction on  at the Georgia World Congress Center. Iain Macdonald, Associate Director of the TallWood Design Institute in Oregon will be presenting the session during Woodworking Network's Leadership Forum. 
 T3 planned for Chicago
Covered in outdoor space at every level, this uniquely sustainable, mass-timber building is the second of its kind for DLR Group with Hines , following the success of the first T3 building in Minneapolis; the firm is also collaborating with Hines on the T3 Goose Island development, still in planning stages in Chicago
“DLR Group is at the forefront of mass timber design and construction,” said DLR Group Design Leader and Principal Steve Cavanaugh. “Each project is an opportunity to show off the uniqueness of the T3 concept, and we are excited to see the West Midtown location begin its construction journey.” 
The project includes workspaces and common social areas designed to foster collaboration, camaraderie, and community, as well as 15,000 SF of ground-floor retail space, a fitness center, and rooftop lounge. T3 West Midtown will provide tenants with first-rate connectivity, and has been named the First Wired Certified Platinum New Development in Atlanta. 
The T3 West Midtown project is a collaborative effort between Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA), as Design Architect, and DLR Group, as Executive Architect. It is anticipated to complete in the summer of 2019.
Renderings  courtesy of HPA
DLR Group describes itself as an integrated design firm delivering architecture, engineering, interiors, planning, and building optimization for new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse. Our promise is to elevate the human experience through design. This promise inspires sustainable design for a diverse group of public and private sector clients; local communities; and our planet. DLR Group is 100 percent employee-owned and fully supports the initiatives and goals of the 2030 Challenge, and is an initial signatory to the China Accord and the AIA 2030 Commitment.  

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Bill wrote for, FDMC and Closets & Organized Storage magazines. 

Bill's background includes more than 10 years in print manufacturing management, followed by more than 30 years in business reporting on industrial manufacturing in the forest products industries, including printing and packaging at American Printer (Features Editor) and Graphic Arts Monthly (Editor in Chief) magazines; and in secondary wood manufacturing for

Bill was deeply involved with the launches of the Woodworking Network Leadership Forum, and the 40 Under 40 Awards programs. He currently reports on technology and business trends and develops conference programs.

In addition to his work as a journalist, Bill supports efforts to expand and improve educational opportunities in the manufacturing sectors, including 10 years on the Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation; six years with the U.S. WoodLinks; and currently on the Woodwork Career Alliance Education Committee. He is also supports the Greater West Town Training Partnership Woodworking Program, which has trained more than 950 adults for industrial wood manufacturing careers. 

Bill volunteers for Foinse Research Station, a biological field station staddling the border of Ireland and Northern Ireland, one of more than 200 members of the Organization of Biological Field Stations.