Mass Timber Building Competition: Timeline & Criteria

Following the March 18, 2019 deadline, the competition process will involve a series of sequential steps. This will include the evaluation of submitted projects by a broad range of professional experts (including but not limited to researchers and design/construction professionals) as well as due diligence and negotiation phases.


Submission deadline: March 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time*

Evaluation and due diligence period: March 19 – May 12, 2019

Negotiation period: May 13 – 17, 2019

Announcement: May 22, 2019 (target)

*Timeline is subject to updates; check this site for current information and follow us on social media for updates.

**Submissions received after the closing date and time will not be accepted or reviewed.

Judging Criteria

To be eligible, teams must submit all of the required documents noted in the Competition Guidelines. Proposals will then be evaluated based on the following criteria and point values (100 point total).

  • Project size/market impact (15 pts)
    • Minimum project size of 10,000 square feet; preference given to projects greater than 100,000 square feet and/or higher than six stories
    • Project repeatability
  • Approval process (15 pts)
    • Letter of support from Authority Having Jurisdiction clarifying the specific requests for additional information that, if received, would help support the project review and permitting approval
    • Narrative describing how grant funds will be used to resolve issues identified by the Authority Having Jurisdiction
  • Project costs, viability and value proposition (15 pts)
    • A detailed estimate of project costs (time and materials) including a “mass timber solution delta” resulting from a comparison to the project being built with traditional materials
    • An explanation regarding the viability of the proposed mass timber solution, its uniqueness, and broader implications/applications
    • A narrative explaining how the use of mass timber components adds value to the proposed project (structural, seismic, aesthetic, innovative, biophilic, etc.)
  • Use of funds on deliverables to advance the market (15 pts)
    • Description of what information will be shared with the public and how that information will help advance the market
  • Location (5 pts)
    • Value of selected site (e.g., high-profile, accessible, disadvantaged community)
  • Proponent teams (10 pts)
    • One or more California design practitioners
    • Past experience with mass timber
    • A description of prior experience and success (e.g., working with the Authority Having Jurisdiction on similar projects or achieving approval through an Alternate Materials and Methods process)
  • California Forest Health Impact (10 pts)
    • A narrative describing the degree to which the project team intends to work with a material manufacturer to utilize California sourced material and/or lesser utilized species and/or from forest thinning activities in the state
      • Resources to better understand natural resources targeted are California’s 1038(j) Forest Fire Prevention Exemption and species defined in the California Forest Practices Act. WoodWorks can provide information on both as requested.
  • Resiliency and Sustainability (5 pts)
    • A narrative explaining the sustainability features of the project and how this project will contribute to a resilient community
    • Energy use goals and how they will be achieved by using mass timber solutions for the project
    • An estimate of greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation
  • Innovation (5 pts)
    • A narrative explaining how the mass timber solutions being considered will help advance code adoption for mass timber buildings in the state and have broad market impact potential
  • Access (5 pts)
    • A statement indicating that, within certain limitations during construction and once completed, the project will be available for tours or and other educational activities
    • Description of a permanent aspect of the project that could function as a public educational display to showcase the benefits of using mass timber for construction

For complete conditions, including those related to intellectual properties, reporting and audit requirements, confidentiality and communications, please refer to the Competition Guidelines.

WoodWorks has technical expertise that can assist design teams in meeting many of these criteria. To request support, email WoodWorks.

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