Oregon mass timber coalition scores $41.4 million in federal funding

By George Plaven
The Astorian
September 4, 2022
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

A coalition of university researchers and state agencies in Oregon is betting big on the potential of mass timber to… revive long-lost timber jobs, but also boost affordable housing in the Portland metro area — all while helping to thin Oregon’s forests, making them more resilient to wildfire. The concept has garnered support from the Biden administration, which awarded $41.4 million to the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition. Funding comes from the Build Back Better Regional Challenge. …A portion of the grant will go toward construction of a factory at the Port of Portland dedicated to building modular homes using engineered wooden beams and panels to address the city’s affordable housing crisis. The Terminal 2 hub will also include a new lab for the University of Oregon to study acoustical design of mass timber houses. …Another $24 million will go to further research into the structural, seismic, durability and energy performance of mass timber buildings, led by the TallWood Design Institute, a collaboration between UO and Oregon State University.

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