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Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech' wood opens

Mount Vernon school made of ‘high-tech’ wood opens

A Mount Vernon elementary school built with a high-tech wood product opened recently. Fifth grader Valeria Alvarez is sad she’ll be missing out. She’s graduating from Jefferson Elementary and won’t be able to hit the books in one of the new classrooms on campus.


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Mass timber: The next great disruption of construction, wood products industries

The seeds of Andrew Waugh’s great disruption were planted in 2003. “Back then, people were saying we could ‘fix’ climate change by putting a solar panel on top of everything we built,” he remembered. “But we knew that wasn’t even close to enough.”


PG&E turns dead trees into renewable energy

In response to California’s ongoing tree mortality crisis and increased wildfire threat, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. is working with local communities and power generators to dispose of dead tree debris and turn it into renewable energy. PG&E is operating sorting and chipping yards in eight counties hard hit by tree mortality to prepare the dead tree debris for use in biomass generation facilities. The two newest sites recently opened in Placer and Nevada counties.


Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

For Oregon, cross-laminated timber represents a chance to use a robust urban economy to revive the moribund wood products industry. It’s rare that a governor shows up to celebrate a new condo tower. But this one’s made of wood, and that’s a bigger deal than it seems.


Mass timber requires sustainably managed forests

At the International Mass Timber Conference last month in Portland, Jason McLennan of McLennan Design, the architect who designed the Bullitt Center in Seattle and the creator of the stringent green building certification the Living Building Challenge, gave a keynote address. In his speech, he stated that he believes we are at a tipping point where wood construction will take over the commercial building industry much the way the automobile replaced the horse and buggy in the early 20th century. But there is a catch. Jason says that for this to happen, architects need to know that forest management practices are sustainable. For general information on mass timber construction in Oregon, review recent and future blogs by Director of Forest Products Timm Locke. For a discussion of whether Oregon forests are being sustainably managed, read on.