Applied Research Consortium

November 15, 2021

Turner Construction to join ARC in 2022

Pilot project will study mass timber joinery design


American company Turner Construction will join the Applied Research Consortium (ARC) in 2022. Turner is already a collaborative partner with the College of Built Environments. For the past three years, the company has hosted internships for several applied research projects within the Center for Education + Research in Construction (CERC) within the Department of Construction Management.

Turner’s membership in ARC will expand the expertise and diversity among the consortium, which currently includes 7 Directions, DLR Group, GGN, Mithun, NBBJ, and ZGF.

This academic year, Turner is sponsoring an ARC pilot project looking at Mass Timber Joinery Design for Digital Fabrication and De-constructability. The research project will be led by Nathan Brown, who expects to complete his MArch in 2022, and his MS in Architecture, Design Technology program, in 2023. Brown plans to present his work-in-progress at the winter and spring ARC project reviews.

Architecture professor Tomás Méndez Echenagucia is serving as Brown’s faculty advisor. Renzo di Furia is project advisor at Turner. Di Furia is Turner’s NW Regional Manager for Virtual Design and Construction (VDC).

Turner has a presence in 20 countries, and is a subsidiary of the German company Hochtief. It is the largest domestic contractor in the United States, with a revenue of $14.4 billion in 2020.