CLT Panels Go Up On New OSU Forestry Building

Dec 1, 2017

Oregon State University College of Forestry is constructing its new headquarters entirely out of engineered wood products. It will the first in the U.S. to use a “rocking wall” seismic design so it can survive a major earthquake.

Credit OSU College of Forestry

Geoff Huntington is Director of Strategic Initiatives at OSU’s College of Forestry.
Huntington: “The new Peavy Hall is going to be a demonstration project of a commercial building that is constructed with mass timber products, all of which are made within 250 miles of Corvallis.”
Cross Laminated Timber is a new wood technology that consists of 2 by 6 Douglas fir pieces glued together in a crisscross pattern, and pressed to create panels that are as strong as steel.
Huntington: “And instead of steel beams and concrete slabs, you’ll see, this building will be made of wooden glue-lam beams and CLT, cross-laminated timber panels and other laminated veneer lumber and other types of engineered wood.”
The $65 million complex will use a “rocking wall” design which protects building occupants during a seismic event. It’s also supposed to withstand an earthquake and be habitable afterwards. The CLT panels installed this week were manufactured by DR Johnson mill in Riddle.