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In Springfield, OR, mayor’s innovation, persistence leads timber town into future

In Springfield, OR, mayor’s innovation, persistence leads timber town into future

Mayor Christine Lundberg had the revolutionary idea: Take a banal urban edifice – a cement parking structure – and recast it as the catalyst that connects Springfield’s rich history with a forward-thinking future. Her citizenry concurred, and now Springfield (population 60,000) plans to build a four-story parking structure out of cross-laminated timber (CLT).

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Seattle begins construction on cross-laminated timber school

Maple Elementary School is a part of a state pilot project, which aims to build three schools in Western Washington out of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for about $1 million each. It was a sight students could not resist: Construction crews raising large panels of wood using a crane.

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U.S. Forest Service awards $8.3 mil to expand and accelerate wood energy and wood products markets in 19 states 

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