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

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)