Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is constructing its new main building out of entirely engineered wood products, namely cross-laminated timber, and will be the first in the U.S. to use a “rocking wall” seismic design. The new 80,000-square-foot Peavy Hall will be part of the Oregon Forest Science Complex in Corvallis, Oregon and features more than one million board feet of cross-laminated timber panels and glulam beams and columns.
The “rocking wall” design is a resilient wall-to-foundation connection that minimizes the impact of wind and earthquakes by allowing the walls of the building to rock laterally and then rock back into their original position. Post-tensioned, self-centering rods run through the thick CLT walls connected to special u-shaped brackets to form the “rocking wall” design.
A live stream of the construction can be viewed here.
- Location: Corvallis, OR
- Owner: OSU
- Architect: Michael Green Architect
- Engineer of Record: Equilibrium
- General Contractor: Andersen Construction
- Additional partners: Thomas Maness, Dean of OSU College of Forestry, Structure Craft Builders, CutMyTimber, and Bojarsky Inc.
- Started CLT/glulam production (pre-release panels): July 2017
- Modeling/design: to be finished (Zone 1 by October 2017)
- Zone 1 production: November/December 2017
- Zone 1 delivery: Complete 1/25/2018
- Zone 2 production: Complete December 2017/January 2018
- Zone 2 delivery: In progress – final delivery slated to be complete by 3/1/2018
- Zone 3 production: In progress – to be complete by mid-late March 2018
- Zone 3 delivery: In progress – rocking shear-walls being delivered now (for assembly)
- Feature stairs: In design- manufacture to start mid-to-late March 2018