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Placeholder locked in a city review process. “Because it is a carbon storer, it contributes much more positively to the impact of the building on the environment,” said Zephyr Architects Principal Ryan Link, who’s behind the proposal. Placetailor's five-story apartment complex at 199-201 Hampden St. in Lower Roxbury pitches the project as a catalyst for CLT design in the Greater Boston area . The city’s Zoning Board of Appeals approved the plans  last November and construction should be complete by winter 2021, according to design firm Generate Technologies , a company launched out of MIT's Mass Timber labs. “This is going to set the tone for what we are going to build for some time and the rest of Boston as well,” Placetailor Strategic Director Colin Booth told WBUR in July . Booth didn't respond to repeated inquiries, and the site is too small to qualify for BPDA review, leaving no documentation readily accessible, a BPDA representative said. Carbon-storing timber is a natural answer to the call for greener buildings by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh , who set a goal of a  carbon-neutral city by 2050 , Dalzell said. “We’re in that very beginning stage, where a project here and a project there is really exciting and noteworthy,” Dalzell said of Boston’s emerging CLT landscape. “I don’t think we’re far behind.” New England contains 33 million acres of forest covering 80% of its landscape, Lowenstein said, and Clouston said mass timber builds are ripe for utilizing the region’s abundance of trees. “In New England, we used to use our trees for furniture, but less and less now,” Clouston said.

https://www.bisnow.com/boston/news/sustainability/mass-timber-rising-in-boston-as-climate-friendly-efficient-steel-alternative-106853

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To select and train these individuals into special forces operators requires a grueling and highly challenging program, i.e. among the ” absolute toughest training” available in the world of armed forces. Most of the special forces units across the globe have a grueling training program where only a few make the cut. Training an elite unit isn’t just about breaking them down as harshly as possible. It also involves instilling a sense of pride and ownership. Training regimens around the world have gotten very good at that, see post dating all the way back to the Spartans, which I would argue was one of the toughest military training schools in the history of mankind. To anyone truly versed in the subject and objectively observant, these training programs are all around the world fairly similar in nature and bear many common traits and similarities in composition and design. Again, they are all designed to separate the elite from the elite. This can only be done one way: by breaking the strongest of the strongest, the ” absolute toughest” way.

https://special-ops.org/special-forces-toughest-training-in-the-world/