Project engineers discuss construction details with OSU personnel at Peavy Hall

Industry Training

The TallWood Design Institute is developing a first-of-its-kind certificate program on mass timber manufacturing. The program features a number of course modules that can be taken by industry learners in the wood products manufacturing and construction sectors. Topics will include: drafting and detailing of mass timber components using 3D computer-aided-design (CAD) software; interfacing between CAD and computer-aided-manufacturing equipment; automated manufacturing using computer numerical control (CNC) production machinery; in-house quality assurance and testing methods, and; jobsite installation and erection of mass timber components. Delivery of the program will be through a combination of online instruction, classroom sessions in partnership with various community colleges, and hands-on design-build experiences in the Institute’s new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Modules are being made available in 2019 - check our events listing for details.

Industry Networking and Peer-to-Peer Learning

Critical Mass (Timber) is an informal monthly gathering of professionals who are interested in exchanging information on the practicalities of mass timber design and construction. Members are architects, engineers, construction professionals, developers, code officials, manufacturers and anyone with an interest in the topic. Our meetups are intended to be interactive discussion opportunities in which individuals can learn from each other by sharing personal experiences and projects they have undertaken. We meet monthly at Oregon State University's downtown Portland campus. For more information or to sign up to receive future event announcements visit our Critical Mass Timber Meetup page

Design Education

A key element in our strategy to educate the next generation of design professionals is intensive studio coursework in the Department of Architecture at University of Oregon's College of Design. Professors Judith Sheine and Mark Donofrio have offered a number of unique design research studio courses to undergraduate and graduate students, focusing on diverse types of mass timber structure, including courthouses, sports facilities and even a parking garage. In more than one case, these studios have resulted in real-world projects. In this way, along with educating future design professionals, these studios are serving an important advocacy role for the wider use of mass timber.

Collaborative Courses on Timber Structures

The partnership between Oregon State University's Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon College of Design has created opportunities for students from both institutions to work together on team-based courses that give them a uniqe interdisciplinary understanding of timber structures design and engineering. Dr. Mariapaola Riggio (OSU Wood Science and Engineering) and Dr. Nancy Cheng (University of Oregon Department of Architecture) have created one such example - a course called "Timber Tectonics in the Digital Age". The course focuses on the three main elements of building tectonics: materials, tools and the design. It explores how timber may be custom-engineered to open up new technical and design possibilities. Students study classic timber structural systems and examine how they are being transformed by digital techniques.

Outreach for Code Officials

TallWood Design Institute is compiling and summarizing recent US research on mass timber and tall wood construction as an educational tool for building code officials and design professionals. The Institute will work with Oregon Building Officials Association and other partners to disseminate this information.