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The A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab. Acetylated Radiata Pine is used as the cladding on the front of house. 

Check out our article on the latest research in mass timber moisture performance in the March 2019 edition of STRUCTURE magazine!

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.