Spe­cial fund­ing for CLT projects

Australasian Timber - - CLT -

Projects in Spring­field and Port­land have landed $200,000 as lead­ers test the vi­a­bil­ity of cross lam­i­nated tim­ber. The fund­ing, awarded by the Busi­ness Ore­gon-backed clean­tech cham­pi­ons Ore­gon BEST and the Na­tional Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Wood Prod­ucts Man­u­fac­tur­ing and De­sign, will back re­search that fast-tracks CLT as a green con­struc­tion ma­te­rial us­able through­out the US.

Of that money, $155,000 will go to the planned four-story Glen­wood Park­ing Struc­ture in Spring­field. The pro­ject’s de­vel­op­ers will use the money for re­search, per­for­mance test­ing and code doc­u­men­ta­tion.

The team will mea­sure fac­tors such as vi­bra­tion, mois­ture, post-ten­sion loss in rock­ing shear walls and seis­mic in­stru­men­ta­tion. The SRG firm de­signed the 360-space struc­ture.

The Na­tional Cen­tre for Ad­vanced Wood Prod­ucts Man­u­fac­tur­ing and De­sign, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Ore­gon State Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Ore­gon, will per­form the re­search and test­ing func­tions.

The Car­bon 12 mixed-use con­do­minium com­plex in North­east Port­land was awarded $45,000 for acous­tic and mois­ture test­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Ore­gon BEST, US ar­chi­tects and builders want­ing to use the new ma­te­rial in con­struc­tion projects “must ne­go­ti­ate a maze of ad­di­tional doc­u­men­ta­tion, atyp­i­cal per­for­mance mod­el­ling re­quire­ments, un­fa­mil­iar con­struc­tion meth­ods and build­ing code hur­dles that can de­lay CLT projects and has slowed adop­tion of the ma­te­rial”.

An Ore­gon BEST in­vest­ment made last fall helped DR John­son Lum­ber of Rid­dle, Ore­gon, be­come the first US maker of struc­turally cer­ti­fied CLT.

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