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‘Mass Timber’ Tour Will Involve Legislators, Building Officials


CLT panels are pre-fabricated at the mill, shipped to the site, and craned into place, resulting in buildings that can go up much quicker with less mess and noise.

CLT panels are pre-fabricated at the mill, shipped to the site, and craned into place, resulting in buildings that can go up much quicker with less mess and noise.

John Strieder

Oregon’s push to use mass timbers in high-rise construction takes a political turn Oct. 3 when the Oregon Forest Resources Institute hosts a tour of wood building projects in the Portland area.

A dozen state legislators or staff, some county commissioners, building officials and others, including a U.S. Forest Service representative, have committed to a day-long look at what advocates say potentially could revive Oregon’s timber industry.

Products such as cross-laminated timbers and mass plywood panels have the size and strength to replace concrete and steel in modest high-rise construction. At least two Oregon mills are making the products, although the market is not fully established.

Timm Locke, forest products director for Oregon Forest Resources Institute, or OFRI, said the organization hosts an annual tour and usually focuses on harvest technology and timber management. This year, OFRI wanted to highlight the end use of timber products, he said.

Read more at Capital Press.

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