Critical Mass (Timber) is an informal monthly gathering of professionals interested in building bigger, taller and smarter with wood. Centering around the use of relatively new-to-the-US materials such as cross-laminated-timber, our group aims to bring together architects, engineers, construction professionals, developers, code officials, municipal planners and anyone with an interest in seeing more buildings go up using renewable materials. THIS IS NOT A LECTURE SERIES! Our goal is to create an interactive discussion space in which individuals can learn from each other through sharing of personal experiences and projects they have undertaken. Facilitated by the TallWood Design Institute, a joint initiative of Oregon State University Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon's College of Design.
Mass timber projects are popping up all over the nation, yet our manufacturing infrastructure is still limited and lead times for mass timber products can be up to a year. Establishing a broader local mass timber supply chain would provide numerous environmental and economic benefits for our region, ranging from better affordability and flexibility for building projects, to creation of high value jobs in rural/urban areas and local sourcing of renewable resources. So what's stopping us?
This month we will be joined by Allan Czinger of equipment manufacturer USNR, to discuss what is involved in mass timber manufacturing and what factors are important at the ground level when talking about growing a local supply chain. Questions we expect to discuss include: How can mills be customized to provide fiber more efficiently to mass timber manufacturers? What are the capital equipment requirements and associated costs for different scales of manufacturing facility? What capacity does Oregon have in terms of tertiary processes (e.g. kiln drying or specialized CNC fabrication)? What other logistical concerns need to be considered (e.g. sourcing fiber, transportation)? What are the barriers to investment?
As always there will light refreshments and a cash bar. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to order. We look forward to seeing you!
Note: Due to security reasons, doors at 555 SW Morrison will be locked after 6 PM. You can still gain access to the building, there will be a security guard present, just mention the TDI meetup.
Note: We are on the 2nd floor of the Meier and Frank building near Pioneer Square. The entrance is on Morrison. Walk through the double doors and head down a short flight of steps to the elevators. We are directly left of the reception desk in room 2002