Newly opened University of Arkansas is now America’s largest mass timber building

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With the opening of the University of Arkansas, it is now America’s largest mass timber building. Adohi Hall is the 202,027-square-foot residential project that spreads across a series of interconnected structures and is constructed from cross-laminated timber. 

Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates led a national design team of heavyweight players for the $79 million project: local practice Modus Studio, the St. Louis-based Mackey Mitchell Architects, and Philadelphia’s OLIN helped bring the sustainable, 708-bed student complex to life. Located on a sloping, four-acre site on the Fayetteville campus, Adohi Hall features a nature-centric design with room for classrooms, a community kitchen, lounges, a rooftop terrace, and more.

As reported by Archpaper, Leers Weinzapfel Associates said they they responsibly-sourced European spruce, pine, and fir for the structural components of Adohi Hall, while cypress was selected to outfit the interior.

The mega-project features 708 beds for students. (Image credit: Timothy Hursley)

Adohi Hall at the University of Arkansas is made primarily of CLT . (Image credit: Timothy Hursley)

The residential hall includes a series of “floating” floors that provide shaded outdoor space (Image credit: Timothy Hursley)

There are plenty of gathering spaces to encourage collaboration between students (Image credit: Timothy Hursley)