Tours

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

 

Costs

$179/person

Details

  • 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

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

All Tour #3 (Western Washington) participants must also bring a passport or other form of U.S. government/state issued ID in order to gain admittance to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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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

Voodoo donuts and coffee/tea serve before departure.

Bus departs promptly at 8:00 am.

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.


Clay Creative/Hacker
Portland architect firm Hacker is one of the area’s leading mass timber design firms. With offices in the Clay Creative building (one of the earlier new mass timber structures in Portland), Hacker was architect of the 156,000 square foot First Tech Federal Credit Union NW Corporate Office, currently the largest completed CLT structure in the U.S. Members of the design and construction team for that project will present on design considerations and lessons learned in delivering the project four months ahead of schedule and four percent less costly than the original steel structure design would have been. Hacker team members will also discuss other mass timber projects in design and under construction.

Oregon Conservation Center
This project, designed by Lever Architecture, is a renovation and expansion of The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon headquarters. The project targets LEED Gold certification and is among the first in the U.S. to incorporate domestically-fabricated CLT that is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. It includes a 2,000 square foot mass timber addition that serves as flexible gathering space for public events and collaborations with partner organizations.

Warehouse renovation and brewpub
This unique project envisioned and developed by OSB2Lan, designed by ZGF, and built by Centrex includes a variety of CLT applications in a multi-use building renovation. The primary tenant is Great Notion Brewing’s brand new northwest Portland brewery and tap room. The project also features offices and showcase areas. Great Notion will serve as the lunch stop for the Portland tour buses.

Bojarsky Inc. and Cut My Timber
These two mass timber pre-fabrication companies share space in Portland’s Northwest Industrial District. Company representatives will provide details about their respective capabilities and how they assist panel and beam manufacturers in delivering projects up and down the West Coast.

Redfox Commons
This 60,000 square foot adaptive re-use project by Lever Architecture transforms two World War II era warehouses into a single light-filled creative office campus. The project includes use of newly fabricated mass timber products, along with thousands of board feet of lumber reclaimed from the original warehouses and creatively repurposed to form a new connecting entry structure. It’s an excellent example of how new and reclaimed materials can be blended together efficiently and effectively.

Block 76 West
Skylab Architecture, along with Catena Consulting Engineers, developed the design for this wedge shaped 23,000 square foot mixed-use project. Located on a uniquely-small footprint at one of Portland’s busiest intersections, the five-story project will include both retail and creative office space. The project includes both cross-laminated timber and mass plywood panels above a reinforced concrete foundation. Owner, Key Development, enlisted Anderson Construction as the design/build general contractor. The building is slated to be completed by April 2019.

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

Voodoo donuts and coffee/tea serve before departure.

Bus departs promptly at 7:00 am.

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.


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.

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

Tour #3: Western Washington

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Check-in: 6:00 am – 7:30 am outside Exhibit Hall B, Oregon Convention Center

Voodoo donuts and coffee/tea serve before departure.

Bus departs promptly at 7:30 am.

NOTE: All tours involve at least one stop at an active construction site. All attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops. Additional required protective equipment provided by conference organizers.

All Tour #3 (Western Washington) participants must also bring a passport or other form of U.S. government/state issued ID in order to gain admittance to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


Tacoma Brewery Blocks
An existing 1906-built three story structure is being redeveloped into a mixed use (residential/office/retail) projects, with four floors of mass timber built atop the original structure. Original structure has been seismic retrofitted. Mass timber addition includes new CLT and massive, solid posts and beams that have been reclaimed from buildings in Washington and Montana and reused in this project.

Brewery Blocks

Photo © Horizon Partners Northwest

The Tacoma Dome
This iconic structure was designed and built in the early 1980s. An early example of mass timber construction using engineered wood products, it was at the time groundbreaking as having the longest spans achieved using wood anywhere in the world (a record that was deliberately broken a few years later when another dome added a few inches to the spans). The building and structural wood components were engineered by Steve Turner and Paul Gilham, both of whom will be on hand to share experiences building a structure that helped launch the modern mass timber movement.

Tacoma Dome

Candlewood Suites Hotel, Lewis-McChord Joint Military Base
Successful blast testing for CLT conducted by WoodWorks and the U.S. Forest Products Lab has helped convince the Department of Defense to use CLT in its military base housing projects. Developer/contractor Lendlease has now completed two CLT hotel projects on military bases and is currently working on two others, including this project. Lendlease will lead a tour of the building and discuss the advantages building with CLT brings to these projects.

NOTE: Because Tour #3 will include entering an active military base, all attendees must provide to tour organizers their full name, date of birth, company, position in the company, and country of origin at least two week prior to the tour in order for the military to conduct background checks (we will collect this information on the order form when you register for the tour). On the day of the tour, all participants must carry a passport or other form of proper ID (ID forms that TSA would accept at the airport are suitable). The military will match IDs with background checks before allowing participants to enter the base. Once the two week deadline is past there can be no substitutes made.

Candlewood Suites, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Photo © Jeff Morrow, Lendlease