HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) is teaming up with both Michigan State University and Michigan Tech University (MTU). This is to help promote a method of building called mass timber construction. The technique allows larger buildings to be constructed out of engineered wood panels and beams instead of stone and concrete. Michigan red pine is being used for this project. However, according to MDNR Forest Resources Division Timber Sales & Utilization Program Area Unit Manager Brenda Haskill, mass timber is a softwood-based product, not hardwood. …MTU aims to help change this by expanding and promoting the use of hardwoods for mass timber construction in the state. The College of Forest Resources Dean, David Flaspohler, said the goal is to remove obstacles to development.