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TallWood Design Institute (TDI) has announced new research projects under its annual call for proposals funded by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The program focuses on applying interdisciplinary scientific and design expertise to address current opportunities and challenges in contemporary wood construction, and the project selection process is overseen by a rotating panel of industry and research stakeholders. In 2020 a total of $750,000 was awarded to new projects, including:


Major Projects

A basic underdstanding of wood science--the study of the behavioral properties of wood as a material--is important for designers as a foundation for informed design-thinking with wood. Facilitated by TallWood Design Institute, Wood Science 101 for Designers is a brand new online lecture series aimed at distilling the fundamentals of wood behavior into a course consisting of just nine (9) lectures, each taught by a different faculty expert at Oregon State University. Lectures Topics include:


The new 25-foot tall reaction wall and 60-by-80-foot strong floor at the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab will be used for large scale testing of mass timber assemblies and building systems, including three-story systems in Arijit Sinha’s upcoming lateral design research.  


Construction at the new headquarters for the College of Forestry at Oregon State University is making great headway. We're particularly excited to see the acetylated alder - Accoya - siding going up. Accetylation of wood is a process by which the wood is made more durable and dimensionally stable through the impregnation of the cell structure with what is in effect...vinegar! 

Learn more about this process here.