Timber Tower Studio

Professor Ted Shelton’s Timber Tower Studio is working with Skidmore, Owing & Merrill’s Benton Johnson to propose a 12-story residential timber tower in Nashville.


Louisiana Pacific and the Nashville Civic Design Center are partners in the studio.

Since 2013, Johnson has worked to develop and test a structural system of cross laminated timber panels and glulam members capable of exceeding 40 stories in height. The research has proven successful in initial testing at SOM.

Timber structural systems hold the promise of creating buildings with much lower energy profiles than those constructed with typical methods.

This studio was supported by our Governor’s Chair for Energy + Urbanism program and continues to investigate the use of wood in high-rise structures.