Corvallis Gazette – James Day
Oregon State University has received a $450,000 grant that it hopes will help lead to the use of new engineered wood products in the building industry.
The money from the federal Economic Development Administration, goes to the National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design, a joint venture involving OSU and the University of Oregon. The center plans to take the lead in developing testing protocols that will help new wood products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) get certified for use in Oregon.
“Code approval for new uses of wood products in these markets requires dedicated performance testing,” said Geoff Huntington, director of strategic initiatives for the OSU College of Forestry. “This testing is key to unlocking the engineered wood supply chain to meet growing demand.”
“Our objective is to make CLT and other innovative uses of mass timber products technically feasible, economically viable and accessible alternatives for architects and developers seeking to use Oregon products to meet growing consumer demand for healthy, sustainable buildings,” Huntington said.
Projects using CLT are already in the planning stages in Oregon. LEVER Architecture is designing a 12-story CLT building in Portland’s Pearl District, and OSU plans to use the material in its new $60 million College of Forestry complex.