Small mills, towns lead mass timber movement

Leadership. Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Risk-taking. These characteristics generate advances that “disrupt” markets, as the first article in our series on mass timber illustrated.

There is often a narrative that such innovation only occurs in the private sector, but in Springfield, Oregon, the mayor, superintendent of schools, University of Oregon students and faculty all played a role pushing the proverbial envelope.

The mayor and city are putting up public funds to help reduce the risk and expense of the first parking structure built from mass timber. That’s critical.

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