Cross-laminated timber is an advanced wood building product made up of odd layers of dimensional lumber that are glued and pressed perpendicularly together, forming an exceptionally strong panel. These pre-fabricated panel systems are customized for each construction project, then sent to the building site where they are assembled. The construction time for a CLT project is exceptionally quick compared to concrete and steel.
By accelerating the adoption of innovative engineered wood technologies and products throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, we can create the opportunity for rural communities to recover and rebuild economic prosperity in the harshly affected timber-dependent counties. Rebuilding this industry will help stem the tide of displaced workers leaving the community, provide skilled jobs in advanced manufacturing and construction, and rebuild local economic development capacity.
Partnered with the PNMP (a federally designated IMCP Manufacturing Community), Oregon BEST conducted a feasibility study made possible with a grant from the Department of Commerce: Economic Development Administration to identify and evaluate the issues and options associated with accelerating the adoption of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other mass timber panel systems in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Working in partnership with EDA’s Economic Development Districts, State of Oregon’s Business Development Officers and Manufacturing Extension Partnerships, we completed a manufacturing capacity and market development study to assess the economic impact of mass timber panels on the region.
Accelerate Global Competitiveness: The international market for engineered wood products is increasing. The activities of this study aimed to provide needed market research while simultaneously convening stakeholders outside the study to maintain the momentum of CLT adoption in the United States; especially in the Oregon and SW Washington region.
Support environmentally sustainable development: Timber as a construction material is renewable and when harvested, continues to sequester and store carbon not only in the buildings in which wood products are used, but also in the forests used to regenerate new production. Buildings that use wood products create multiple environmental benefits over materials that are made from fossil-fuel intensive processes that use steel and concrete.
Provide relief and support to economically distressed and underserved communities: The rapid and significant downsizing of the wood products industry and associated mill closures in Oregon and Southwest Washington have had a lasting impact. Priority activities will focus on distressed rural areas and communities affected by the transition of the wood products economy in Oregon and Southwest Washington.