“Via” Northwest Arkansas Industrialized Construction Program Recognized in Softwood Lumber Board’s 2023 Mass Timber Competition

The Arkansas development was one of five projects recognized in the SLB 2023 Mass Timber Competition: “Building to Net-Zero Carbon”.

The purpose of this competition is to expand the use of mass timber in the United States, showcasing mass timber’s application, practicality, commercial viability, and role in reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment. This competition is funded by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), as well as the USDA, and this funding aids project teams in overcoming barriers to leveraging mass timber for projects.

In October 2023, the competition announced five winners for the 2023 competition, and Via / Northwest Arkansas Industrialized construction program was selected as one of the winners. The system being developed for this project takes advantage of the strategic structural use of mass timber on certain building typologies in order to maximize construction speed and architectural appearance while maintaining affordability. ASPECT has contributed as the engineer of record (superstructure) for the Via Emma building, and is now also engaged as structural engineer of record for the Water Street Building.

Below is a bit more information about the Via development, including the overarching goals of the project. Huge congratulations to Blue Crane Developments, Modus Studio, Architects 226, Arco Construction, and Tatum-Smith-Welcher for this public recognition of this marquee project.

Renderings courtesy of: Modus Studio


The fast and the beauteous.

Located in Springdale, Arkansas, the “Via” development is a pilot housing project intended to address the need for rental housing stemming from the rapid population growth in the region. This project includes four separate developments as part of a larger complex, providing multi-family residential space totaling 131 units at market-rate and affordable options. The four buildings in the development include Emma, Water, Meadow, and Park. Sustainability, speed of construction, and aesthetics were all central considerations to the ultimate selection of mass timber for this project.

As the structural engineer of record for the superstructure of the Via Emma development, and the structural engineer of record for the Via Water development, ASPECT has worked with the full team to support the pragmatic implementation of the affordable housing development. Both “Emma” and “Water” buildings are three-story, hybrid walk-up buildings with mass timber floors and light wood frame panelized walls.


Full winners list from the 2023 Mass Timber Competition are published on the “ThinkWood” website: https://www.thinkwood.com/blog/inspiring-innovation-competition-winners-showcase-mass-timbers-versatility

Learn more about ASPECT’s dedication to Mass Timber design and construction: https://aspectengineers.com/mass-timber/