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.
Researchers affiliated with the TallWood Design Institute tested a resilient, full-scale mass timber building constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT) at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure outdoor shake table facility at UC San Diego in July 2017, collaborating with researchers of the NHERI TallWood Project.
The project, which tested performance of the structure through a series of simulated earthquakes, is the latest round of testing to develop and validate a seismic design methodology for eight-to-20 story tall wood buildings that incorporates high-performance systems and can guarantee structural integrity of the building both during and after an earthquake.
During the Oregon Mass Timber Summit, industry leaders from around the globe discussed best practices and innovative ideas to advance the mass timber industry in Oregon. Mass Timber presents a new opportunity for Oregon to foster innovation to grow and develop the advanced wood products manufacturing industry, and to reinvigorate the natural resources based economies that once made our rural communities strong. TallWood Design Institute's own Iain Macdonald spoke of the role that applied research, product development and training can play in enabling this emerging industry.