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April 2021 - The first material to arrive for the Innovative Lateral Systems project sits in front of the 25' tall strong wall at TDI's A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab

About the project:
The Innovative Lateral Systems Project is a USDA funded research effort to prototype innovative lateral force resisting systems (LFRS) for structures made with mass timber products. A three story mass timber building will be erected and tested in multiple phases, with each phase consisting of a different innovative LFRS. As of August 2021, materials have arrived at the A.A."Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory and are being processed on the in-house CNC. Fortis has been contracted to erect the three-story building late 2021, with the first phase of testing set to begin then.

The Oregon Connection:

All mass timber products used in the building is manufactured in Oregon with Oregon fiber. Beams and Columns are Laminated Veneer Lumber while the floors and walls are Mass Plywood Panels. Bothe these products are made with Douglas-fir.


Project Phases:

Phase 1:

The first phase will involve a 30 feet MPP post-tensioned self-centering shear wall with U shaped flexural plate (UFP) as energy dissipaters. This phase is anticipated to be completed by October 2021. 


Phase 2:

The second phase of the project will involve testing MPP shear wall rocking spine with buckling restrained braces used as energy dissipaters.  Phase 2 will be completed by November 2021.

Phase 3:

Hybrid shear wall system with platform type construction made out of a new mass timber panel coupled with light frame panelized construction.  Phase 3 is scheduled to begin in December 2021.