Innovation and a whole lot of timber. What Hitt Contracting packed into 8,600 square feet.

Hitt Contracting Inc.’s new innovation center will host its first big gathering of the post-Labor Day busy season Sept. 12, when CREW Northern Virginia is slated to hold a panel discussion about, and from inside, one of the region’s first mass timber structures.

How much is there to say about an 8,600-square-foot wooden box nestled into a side street near the Mosaic District in Fairfax County? Turns out, there’s plenty, as I learned on a recent tour of the Co|Lab with Katie Rothenberg, Hitt’s vice president of sustainability and innovation, and Drew Mucci, its co-president. The facility, in the works since Kim Roy was named CEO in late 2017, was conceived as a way to nudge the commercial real estate industry from the lagging edge of change to a leading edge.

There’s not a square inch of wasted space in the structure, from its catwalk made of recycled bottles to its rooftop deck lined with solar panels and experimental roof tiles. And while the idea came from Hitt, Rothenberg said the…

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