News in engineered wood products mass timber

Segezha Group’s Sokol Plant Earns Conformité Européenne (CE) Certification for CLT Panels

The Segezha is reporting that their Sokol CLT plant has successfully passed its Conformité Européenne (CE) certification for its cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. The CE certificate was obtained after a field audit performed by employees of HolzForschung Austria, the largest Austrian wood research and testing institute. The certificate confirms that the enterprise has deployed modern practices to verify that the quality of its products meets European requirements.

Colorado Firm Bringing CLT Usage to Smaller, Rural Settings

As the climate in Colorado continues to dry and warm, wildfire mitigation efforts such as forest thinning are becoming ever more important. However, much of the thinned wood often ends up in a landfill or is wasted. Timber Age Systems, Colorado-based company is working to change that. TAS is working with smaller trees, beetle-killed material, and other wood products that don’t always meet commercial needs and turning them into CLT on a smaller size scale.

One Equity Partners to Acquire Majority Interest in Rosboro

One Equity Partners, a New York City-based middle market private equity firm, announced today (1-6-22) that it has acquired a majority interest in Rosboro from Wynnchurch Capital. Wynnchurch Capital will remain a significant minority shareholder. Terms of the private purchase were not disclosed. Rosboro is based in Springfield, Oregon and operates captive sawmills and glued laminated timber (glulam) production facilities.

Five-Story Post-and-Beam Terminus at District 56 in Langford, B.C. Completed

The new Terminus at District 56 commercial building located in Langford, B.C. has been completed. The five-story mass timber post-and-beam building includes mass-timber components from Structurlam Mass Timber Corp., in partnership with Design Build Services and Aspect Structural Engineers. Located on Vancouver Island, the new building contains the first buckling-restrained braces housed within a timber frame.

Ontario’s First Mass Timber, Net-Zero Carbon Institutional Building Taking Shape at Centennial College

Construction is underway on Ontario’s first mass timber and net-zero carbon institutional building. The A-Block expansion program at Centennial College’s Progress Campus in Scarborough began in November and progress is already visible at the site. The expansion includes a 136,000 square-foot extension of the existing A-Block Building, using FSC certified black spruce from Northern Quebec, which has been cross-laminated and glue-laminated.

Oregon Mass Timber Coalition Project Selected as Finalist for New Federal Funding

A proposed project by the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition to create a mass timber modular facility in Portland has been selected as one of 60 finalists for new federal funding through the $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge. If chosen to move forward, they could receive up to $100 million to expand mass timber production, boost jobs, help with wildfire prevention, and lead to more affordable housing.

George Brown College to Build Ontario’s Tallest Wood Building

On Tuesday morning (12-14-21), the movement to build large structures from specially engineered wood, frequently called mass timber, got a major boost when George Brown College broke ground on what will be Ontario’s tallest wood building. The building will be called Limberlost Place, after Limberlost Forest and Wildlife Reserve in Ontario’s Muskoka region, and is being funded in part by a $10 million (CAD) donation.

“Canada’s Earth Tower” in Vancouver a Hybrid Building Construction Game Changer

While it is still awaiting neighborhood planning approval and complete design refinements, Canada’s Earth Tower, a proposed 40-story hybrid wood tower in Vancouver, B.C. by the Delta Land Development in collaboration with architectural firm Perkins+Will, has city residents “quite enthusiastic about the project,” especially for its low-carbon and high-performance qualities.

New Zealand Researchers Test Cross-Laminated Timber Walls as a Way to Reduce Earthquake Risk

New Zealand’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral, as well as reducing earthquake risk, has led to new research with broader implications on the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls. According to University of Canterbury’s Seismic Associate Professor Minghao Li and his team, the eco- and cost-friendly alternative to steel and concrete could credibly be used in low-rise buildings.