This position will manage the technical activities of the TallWood Design Institute and the technical facilities of the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. The Technical Manager provides specialized technical and scientific support for research, testing and education projects focused on developing new wood-based products and/or related hardware components, identifying and improving related manufacturing and production techniques, and testing products, materials and building systems.

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The mass timber structure of the new Peavy Hall, a feature building of the Oregon Forest Science Complex, has been taking shape since early December 2017 as glulam and cross-laminated timber from DR Johnson Wood Innovations arrives onsite and is erected into place. Some of the first wood elements to be seen onsite were the rocking shear walls that will ensure the building is resilient after seismic events. This is the first appearance of this technology (developed in New Zealand) on a US construction site.

Without question, Oregon has become a first-mover in the US in the field of mass timber construction. DR Johnson of Riddle, Oregon, became the first certified manufacturer of structural cross-laminated timber in the nation in 2015 and Freres Lumber Company in Lyons has followed suit to bring a turnkey $30M facility into operation by December 2017 to produce a new product, the mass plywood panel.