Nick Milestone, the current chairman of the TRADA and former managing director of B&K Structures has been appointed director of Mass Timber at US timber developer Katerra. He will focus on integrating mass timber production with Katerra’s operations.
Before Katerra, Nick was the director of offsite manufacturing at the William Hare Group and the managing director of B&K Structures. Nick said: “My role will focus on working with our commercial building platforms team to fully integrate our mass timber production within Katerra’s end-to-end process. Our team will help establish one model to efficiently service Katerra’s end-to-end new build, AEC professional services, and third-party sales of cross laminated timber (CLT), while supporting full production at our Spokane Valley Factory.
“As the largest CLT factory in North America, Katerra is making a significant contribution to the supply of mass timber in this market. Katerra is also applying technology at its factory in an interesting way to optimize production speed, efficiency, and quality. This includes the use of geometric and biometric scanning, advanced panel algorithms for layup placement, and whole-building temperature and humidity control to ensure consistent quality. It’s exciting to be part of a company that will play a critical role in ensuring that the U.S. and Canadian mass timber markets can accelerate as European markets have already.”