mass timber and wood Engineering

With recent building code revisions, wood manufacturing advancements, and an emphasis on reducing embodied carbon in structures, timber construction is making a resurgence. At McNamara • Salvia, our thorough understanding of timber design and experience completing multiple mass timber projects enables us to creatively use timber elements in an array of applications. We have paired our in-depth knowledge of wood construction standards, best practices, and engineering mechanics with our in-house MACRO Workshop to build a wood design suite that utilizes a combination of modeling and design software, spreadsheets, and standalone applications to creatively optimize the design workflow. This enables us to focus on the detail-oriented nature of timber engineering.

Our creative approach to solving the unique challenges that wood construction presents allows us to be a nimble and effective design partner for our clients.

Having an experienced team can make all the difference to the success of a timber project. We have joined the WoodWorks Innovation Network, a community serving as a resource for professionals to showcase and collaborate on innovative wood and timber building designs, systems, and technologies.

  • Full design and construction administration services as Engineer of Record (EOR) for Mass Timber Construction. As EOR, we conceptualize early – leveraging our extensive timber design experience – to provide efficient projects through completion.
  • Design of Heavy and Glulam Timber framing and connections, floor decking – such as CLT, NLT, DLT, GLT, & MPP for loading and serviceability conditions, vibrations, and Fire Resistance Rating.
  • Account for Embodied Carbon in a Life Cycle Assessment to further our commitment to SE 2050.
  • Proprietary conceptualization software, designed to optimize mass timber layouts for the project’s specific requirements.
  • Keeping up with the latest research, design trends, and standards, our Timber Experts are uniquely positioned to provide a thorough Peer Review for your project. 
  • Full design and construction administration services as Engineer of Record (EOR) for Light Frame Wood Construction. As EOR, we conceptualize early – leveraging our extensive light frame design experience – to provide efficient projects through completion.
  • Design of standard and engineered lumber, bearing and shear wall systems, and proper specification for pre-engineered wood trusses – resulting in an efficient construction administration process.
  • Account for Embodied Carbon in a Life Cycle Assessment to further our commitment to SE 2050.
  • Keeping up with the latest research, design trends, and standards, our Timber Experts are uniquely positioned to provide a thorough Peer Review for your project. 
  • Connection design, value engineering, and layout optimization as a sub-consultant to the EOR, Construction Manager, or fabricator.
  • Advanced timber vibration analyses and/or in-situ vibration testing with our Vibrations Group.
  • Our Peer Review process for wood structures can follow a few different tracks depending upon your needs.
    • Independent Structural Engineering Review – to meet permit requirements of the AHJ.
    • Value Engineering Study – to look for cost savings opportunities and structural optimizations.
    • Mass Timber Viability Study – review current structural systems and provide alternative MT concept.
  • International Code Council Certified Tall Mass Timber Special Inspection services.
    • McNamara Salvia became one of the only structural engineering firms on the East Coast with ICC-certified special inspectors for the newly adopted Type IV-A, Type IV-B, and Type IV-C construction types in IBC 2021.
  • Light Frame Enhanced Inspection Services.
    • The level of experience provided by McNamara Salvia Field Services bridges the gap between minimum code requirements and the high level of Quality Assurance our clients have come to expect.
  • McNamara Salvia inspectors have significant wood framing experience, from complex mass timber structures to light-frame buildings, and single-family homes. This vast experience gives our clients the peace of mind that the highest qualified person is looking after their investment.
  • McNamara Salvia’s unique ability to supply highly experienced and certified staff on-site with constant communication with the design team allows us to provide an efficient and cost-effective construction experience for our clients.
  • A proprietary Timber Massing Tool, created by our MACRO Workshop.
    • Structural layout for your conceptual design in real time to determine feasibility.
    • Explore areas for timber “fiber” optimization resulting in the most cost-effective solution that fits your design.
    • Communicate design results with our analysis and modeling software for drawing production and life cycle analyses.



ProjectCity, StateProject Description
Union on FrankTuscaloosa, AL5- and 4-story, two-building wood framed structure over concrete podium slab
69 A StreetSouth Boston, MAA 2-story mass timber addition to original 3-story building
17th & PearlDenver, CO5-story, 38-unit condo with 4 stories of wood framing
Exchange North & South at CityPoint SouthWaltham, MA2 mass timber and Cross-Laminated Timer (CLT) outdoor amenity spaces
Building M at Bunker Hill Housing RedevelopmentCharlestown, MA6-story, 119,600 SF structure utilizing long span CLT floors on steel stud walls
104-108 HemenwayBoston, MAReplacement of 2 existing buildings destroyed by fire with new 5-story apartment building
StateHouse St. Augustine Tallahassee, FL5-story wood-framed structure
StateHouse Woodward Tallahassee, FL4-story wood-framed structure
Marieta Denver, CO3 CLT cores enclosing the stair and elevator shafts
Block 8 at Assembly RowSomerville, MA5-story wood framed structure on 2-story steel podium
The Nine at CentralOrlando, FL5-story, 201-unit wood framed student housing complex
270 Dorchester AvenueDorchester, MA6-story, 88-unit multifamily wood framed development
The Harvey at Hood ParkCharlestown, MA177-unit residential wood framed apartment building
2935 Zuni StreetDenver, CO3-story wood frame addition/renovation to historic heavy timber structure
Avalon at Assembly RowSomverville, MA4 stories of wood framing for residential use
The Accolade Collegiate Village WestOrlando, FL5-story, 366-unit wood framed student housing development
The Accolade Collegiate Village EastOrlando, FL5-story, 177-unit wood framed student housing development
WoodcrestOceanside, NY3-story wood-framed structure on a 1-story steel podium
Waterstone at LexingtonLexington, MA5-story wood-framed built over a concrete/steel podium on a sloped site
Selene at Lake Nona ApartmentsLake Nona, FL4-story apartment building utilizing wood frame construction
Seminole Landing at Florida State UniversityPanama City, FL4-story, 130-unit student housing complex
Novi FlatsKannapolis, NC5-story wood framed structure on 2-story concrete podium
Novi RiseKannapolis, NC4-story wood framed structure on 1-story concrete podium
The Nine at TallahasseeTallahassee, FL5-story, 104-unit wood framed apartment building
West End Housing at Emerson PlaceBoston, MAThree 3-story wood framed townhouses
Avalon at Chestnut HillNewton, MA5-story, 204-unit wood framed apartment building
Vida IIIKannapolis, NC5-story wood framed structure on 2-story concrete podium
Atlantica CondominiumsRevere, MA4-story, 82-unit wood framed building with a steel framed plaza
Story Wesley ChapelWesley Chapel, FLThree, 4-story wood-framed apartment buildings with 320 units
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable EnergiesBoston, MAResearch and development laboratory building repositioning
10-20-30 Channel CenterBoston, MA200 unit, 251,000 SF mixed-use development of existing building
Avery at AlicoFt. Myers, FL5-story, 300-unit wood framed apartment building
411 D StreetBoston, MALuxury apartments in the Seaport District
Element Boston Seaport DistrictBoston, MA180-key, 6-story hotel
111-121 Green StreetJamaica Plain, MACondominium complex
The Nautica (CANA Parcel I)Charlestown, MA7-unit, 13,975 SF condo building, part of a larger overall development
131 Green StreetJamaica Plain, MACondominium complex
Residences at Cape CodderFalmouth, MA40-unit townhouse complex
Endicott Green at 180 Newbury StreetDanvers, MAAppartment community complex
Atlantis MarinaWinthrop, MA5-story, 44-unit, 100,000 SF mixed-use development
195 Albany StreetCambridge, MA48,000 SF office building
Fresh Pond Residences Phase I & IICambridge, MA264-unit residential building
Highland Glen ApartmentsWestwood, MA102-units, 103,000 SF
Woodland Station HousingNewton, MA5-story, 180-unit, 220,000 SF apartment complex
Longwood PlaceReading, MA86-unit complex
Belclare ResidencesWellesley, MA30,000 SF wood framed luxury condominiums
140 Pleasant StreetWatertown, MA44-unit building
Maritime YardsNorwalk, CT61-unit condominium and 136-unit apartments in 2 buildings
The Esplanade - HudsonHudson, MATwo 4-story condo buildings with a total of 170 units
Winooski HousingWinooski, VT26-units of affordable housing
St. Aidan’s RedevelopmentBrookline, MAConversion of St. Aidan’s Church to 9 market rate condominiums
Stone PlaceMedford, MA212-unit project
Charlesview ResidencesAllston, MA470,000 SF complex with 240 townhomes and mid-rise apartments
Thirwood PlaceSouth Yarmouth, MASenior living community
Turner HillIpswich, MACondominium complex

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