The highly anticipated mass timber building tours are back for the 3rd Annual International Mass Timber Conference and promise outstanding buildings, innovative materials, and plenty of networking with global professionals on this consistently sold out event.
- Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 8:00am‐5:00pm
- Only available for registered attendees
- Seats sell out quickly!
- Lunch and coach transportation provided
- After the tour, join mass timber professionals from around the world in the Exhibit Hall at 5:30pm for a Welcome Reception
TOUR #1: PORTLAND BUILDINGS
First Tech Credit Union Headquarters
We’re excited to announce a stop at the construction site of the new First Tech Credit Union Headquarters campus and what will be the largest CLT building in the U.S. when completed. The 5-story, 156,000 square foot office building will consist of CLT floors and glulam beams. Structurlam (Booth #426) is the CLT manufacturer and Swinerton Builders (Booth #428) is the general contractor.
More Building Sites Announced Soon
Lots of exciting mass timber construction is underway right now in Portland and more buildings are breaking ground in the immediate future. Expect more details soon on additional stops.
The Future of Tall Exhibit at the World Forestry Center
With high-rise mass timber buildings springing up all over Portland, the United States, and the world, it only makes sense for the World Forestry Center to bring to light the amazing story of the mass timber phenomenon in its newest exhibit, The Future of Tall.
On display in the museum’s first floor Special Exhibits Gallery, visitors are introduced to mass timber through stunning visual display panels, videos, and hands-on pieces. The exhibit also features a spectacular 13-foot mass timber bench originally displayed in the Portland Art Museum’s John Yeon exhibit.
Copy courtesy of World Forestry Center.
TOUR #2: MID-STATE BUILDING & MFTG TOUR
World’s First Mass Plywood Panel Manufacturing Facility
Freres Lumber Co., Inc.’s new mass plywood panel (MPP) production facility is located near Lyons, Oregon, in the heart of Oregon’s Santiam Canyon. With 4 acres (1.6 hectares) under roof, this first-of-its-kind facility is specifically designed to exclusively manufacture the world’s first veneer-based mass timber panels. Freres Lumber’s proprietary manufacturing approach allows the production of large-format engineered wood panels. Manufactured from timber that averages only 9 inches (22.9 centimeters) in diameter, maximum dimensions for MPP will be an impressive 12 feet (3.7 meters) wide by 48 feet (14.6 meters) long up to 2 feet (.6 meters) thick. A Weinmann WMP CNC bridge capable of finishing a panel up to 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) thick will launch in unison with the panel assembly line.
Panel assembly equipment and controls have been provided as a turnkey project in partnership with Stiles Machinery. Production is anticipated to begin December 2017 and is expected to produce almost 5,000 cubic feet (142 cubic meters) of material per 8-hour shift of operation.
Freres Lumber Co. is the sponsor of the exhibit hall Lounge and Stiles Machinery is sponsor of Tour #2.
Oregon Forest Science Complex at Oregon State University
Oregon State University and the College of Forestry officially launched a $65 million initiative in January 2015 to build the Oregon Forest Science Complex. Once completed, the state-of-the-art facility will provide current and future students with a transformative educational experience across a full range of forestry and natural resources degree programs.
The 95,000-square foot Oregon Forest Science Complex will include the new Peavy Hall and the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. Throughout these facilities, visitors will notice innovate use of advanced wood products including cross-laminated timber made in Oregon. The look and atmosphere of the complex will reinforce Oregon State’s international status as a premier forestry, natural resources, and wood science institution devoted to improving our forest landscapes and ecosystems.
What you will see…
The Oregon Forest Science Complex will be approximately 40% complete in late March. The tour will highlight the innovative post-tension CLT rocking wall system, the first of its kind in the United States. The system uses CLT shear walls to counter the lateral loads produced by wind and earthquakes. In the system, shear walls are connected to a concrete footing utilizing post-tensioned, self-centering rods that run up through the CLT wall with special u-shaped brackets on the side.
At this stage of the project, the OFSC will consist of three stories of exposed CLT walls and floors as well as exposed LVL and glulam structures. Some of these glulam beams were formerly used to support the old Peavy Hall and have been cut and milled to size so they can be featured prominently in the new structure. Elements like this in the new complex demonstrate the beauty of wood products and their ability to be recycled.
Finally, the roof structure and sheathing will be close to completion with roofing underway.
Get a sneak peak at the building’s construction via OSU’s live webcam.