The Wall Street Journal | By: Keiko Morris | February 04, 2018:
Wood’s ability to create a warm environment appeals to tech companies, a plus for a city on Amazon’s HQ2 shortlist.
In the contest to attract office tenants, many developers stick with the tried-and-true combination of concrete, steel and gleaming glass.
Lotus Equity Group is embracing a more natural material: wood.
The Manhattan developer said it is planning an 11-story Newark office building made with a wood structure for Riverfront Square, its 4.8 million-square-foot mixed-use development proposed on the site of the former Newark Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium and the old Lincoln Motel.
Designed by Michael Green Architecture (see presentation by Michael Green in video above), the building would rise like steps in three sections, ascending from six to eight and then 11 stories.
When completed, the 500,000-square-foot tower would be among the largest buildings with a structure made of modern engineered wood in the U.S., building experts said.
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