First Security Bank plans $23.5M facility in Missoula’s Mid-Town built from cross-laminated timber. Could be the first of its kind in the region.

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“The Southgate Triangle of Midtown is emerging in the master plan as the top place for commercial redevelopment,” said Melanie Brock with the Missoula Redevelopment Agency. “We’re excited about this project in Midtown and hope it spurs many new projects. We’re seeing happen organically what the data is saying is ripe to happen.”

Once the First Security Bank building is finished, taxes on the property will more than doubled to around $280,000 annually. That funding will be further reinvested into other public projects throughout the Midtown area.


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CBS Sunday Morning – Skyscrapers made out of wood – Cross-Laminated Timber is now made in the USA

CLT really is a dream material, it’s made from wood, a renewable resource, it sequesters carbon, it is strong enough to replace wood and concrete in higher buildings, and right now, it helps use up some of the billions of board-feet of mountain pine-beetle infested wood that will rot if we don’t cut it and use it fast.

SmartLam in Columbia Falls is Breaking Into the Cross-Laminated Timber Industry With a Goal of Expanding Into the Construction Industry

Though the company has only been open for two years, CLT has been a major part of the European building and construction industry for decades.

A Coming Revolution in the Forest Products Industry

Architects, structural engineers, and other construction industry professionals, along with environmental activists, are expecting cross-laminated timber (CLT) to become a viable “go to” building material in the near future—even for skyscraper-sized projects.

And then there’s the question of parking…..

Oakland automated garage seeks to cut parking’s environmental impact

A garage billed as Northern California’s first fully automated parking structure has opened in Oakland. People drive up, drop off the car and walk away. A machine lifts the car to one of the 39 spaces in the seven-level structure.

Ferris Wheel Video – Amazing

Video – Fully Automated Parking Systems, Featured on The Travel Channel

AUTOParkit™ was a featured segment on the Travel Channel series, “Extreme Parking.” As seen on the show, take a look here as Christopher Alan takes you through the history and high-points of the AUTOParkit™

Missoula Parking Commission to explore citywide expansion, new parking garage – How about vertical parking structures?

This is the first in a three-part series on the Missoula Parking Commission and its recommendations to the city for a new garage and an expanded parking district. Part 2: The logic behind a citywide…

Parking cars: Missoula debates current needs, future trends

At some point, they project, autonomous vehicles will deliver passengers to any point, reducing the need for personally owned cars while rendering large parking lots obsolete.

Robotic Parking Systems has been named as one of the CRE Tech Influencers for the year.

In 1994, the company coined the term ‘robotic parking’ to describe its patented automated lift and run parking technology.

Parking: Best Practices For Great Communities – 4/25 – Online

This session will examine two transformative trends. The first is the rise of the sharing economy, private sector ride-hailing services, autonomous vehicles and associated web-based tools for trip planning, ride hailing and fare payment.

The Parkhaus: An automatic parking system could keep cars off the streets and recharge EVs at the same time.

The smart structures could do all the work so drivers don’t have to.

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