Oregon State University builds a first-of-its-kind mass timber research lab

By Novid Parsi
Building Design + Construction
June 26, 2024
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

In Corvallis, Oregon, the Jen-Hsun Huang and Lori Mills Huang Collaborative Innovation Complex at Oregon State University aims to achieve a distinction among the world’s experimental research labs: It will be the first all mass timber lab meeting rigorous vibration criteria. Designed by ZGF Architects, the $213 million complex, which broke ground in April, will be both a teaching center and a home for team-based transdisciplinary research on global challenges involving climate science, clean energy, and water resources. The center also will support research and learning in artificial intelligence, robotics, and materials science. …For the first-of-its-kind mass timber structure, ZGF collaborated with OSU’s College of Forestry to leverage its expertise in wood and regional forestry practices. To meet the vibration criteria of 2000 MIPS in mass timber, the project team created a structural bay in the lab interiors comprising mass timber columns, beams, and a composite deck.

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