To grease the wheels of mass timber building construction in the state, the California Government Operations Agency, known as GovOps, is holding a developer-design competition for commercial and multifamily mass-timber building projects.

The two or three winners of the contest, administered by the nonprofit WoodWorks-Wood Products Council, will split a total of $500,000 in grants.

GovOps is seeking proposals for “viable and repeatable” mass timber projects in California, until March 18 at 5 p.m. Pacific. The grants will fund activities, including cost studies, permitting fees and information exchange sessions with code officials.

Developers, institutions and other corporations or legal organizations and their design and construction teams are eligible to enter the competition.

WoodWorks technical staff is available for consultations, via email request:

Competition guidelines are available from GovOps, which expects to announce the winners late in May.