College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Vineeth Dharmapalan, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This case study explores the various challenges faced by those involved in the pre-construction and construction of a mass timber, single-family home in Central Texas. Using semi-structured interviews, a subcontractor, an owner, a manufacturer, and two construction managers were questioned about their specific challenges with the build. These challenges were solely related to the use of mass timber on the project. In recent years in the United States, mass timber has become an increasingly desired building material to use in a commercial and multi-family residential context. Due to limited information and builder inexperience using mass timber in a single-family homebuilding context, this study presents much needed information pertaining to this topic. The literature review focuses on recognized, existing challenges with mass timber. The mass timber product used in this case study home is mass plywood, or “mass-ply,” a unique and newer type of mass timber. This different and unconventional method of single-family home construction presented an array of challenges to the parties involved, including risk, lack of mass timber knowledge, and technical questions on-site. There was found to be overlap between the existing challenges with mass timber and the challenges identified in this case study.

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