Building Tours

The highly anticipated mass timber building tours promise outstanding buildings, innovative materials, and plenty of networking with global professionals on this consistently sold out event





  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Only available for registered attendees
  • Seats sell out quickly!
  • Lunch and coach transportation provided
  • Departs from and returns to the Oregon Convention Center
  • After the tour, join hundreds of mass timber professionals in the Exhibit Hall at 5:30 pm for a Welcome Reception
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Tour #1: Portland Buildings

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Check-in: 7:00 am – 8:00 am outside Exhibit Hall B, Oregon Convention Center

Bus departs promptly at 8:00 am.

Tour details announced this fall.

Tour #2: Mid-State Mftg & Buildings

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Check-in: 6:00 am – 7:00 am outside Exhibit Hall B, Oregon Convention Center

Bus departs promptly at 7:00 am.

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. The facility is the first of its kind. With four acres under roof, it 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” in diameter, the maximum dimensions of MPP are an impressive 12’ wide by 48’ long up to 2’ thick. A Weinmann WMP CNC bridge capable of finishing a panel up to 12” thick will launch in unison with the panel assembly line. Plant production improvements for 2019 include a press extension to produce panels up to 60’ in length and new beam rip line that will allow Freres to more efficiently produce beams and columns for mass timber structures.

2018 has been a busy year as production process have been refined, required certifications have been obtained, and MPP has been deployed on projects around the country. In 2019 Freres will continue to roll out additional certified products to allow customers to customize MPP with various grade and performance options in both strength directions.

Freres Lumber Co Mass Plywood Panel Manufacturing

Photo © Shanna Hall Photography

Mass Timber Tours at Oregon State’s College of Forestry
The TallWood Design Institute will lead tours at the construction sites of two emergent mass timber facilities: George W. Peavy Forest Science Center—the new College of Forestry headquarters—and the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory—to be completed June 2019. Highlights of both structures include their use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and the first-ever structural use of Mass Plywood Panels (MPP).

Peavy Hall is a 3-story, 80,000 square foot mass timber structure (glulam, CLT, and MPP). Peavy Hall will be the first building in the U.S. to use the CLT “rocking wall” system that allows a building to remain structurally sound and repairable after a seismic event.

The Lab’s structural testing area, utilizing MPP for structural sheathing, includes a massive reaction wall and strong floor system that will be one of the largest in the nation dedicated to timber engineering and enable testing of up to 3-story structures. The Lab will also host an advanced manufacturing space complete with a Minda press, a 5-axis CNC panel processing center, a Kuka robot cell on a linear track system, and other breakout equipment.

Emmerson Lab at OSU

Image © Michael Green Architecture