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Oregon pushes for wooden skyscrapers to revive timber industry

Lech Muszynski, an associate professor at Oregon State University's forestry school, was once a doubter for different reasons. "My first thought was, 'This is a terrible use of timber,'" he said. Then the technology evolved. Muszynski spent a sabbatical touring Europe to visit large and small CLT manufacturing plants. About 80 percent of all CLT is currently produced in a section of Alpine Europe that fits inside the square footage of Oregon. With the size of the state and the amount of wood on hand, he saw an easy sell.

Wood's heyday has arrived

Farther south, a collaboration among Oregon State University’s colleges of forestry and engineering, and the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, has attracted state and federal funds. The National Center for Advanced Wood Products Manufacturing and Design will offer education and research on the design, engineering and construction of multistory buildings using wood products.

Also, the College of Forestry has announced plans to build a $60 million Forest Science Complex that will highlight wood use and research.

Corvallis company striving to introduce first formaldehyde-free, bio-based adhesive for manufacturing particleboard and other wood products

“For 60 years, formaldehyde off-gassing has been an issue with urea-formaldehyde, the most common adhesive used in a particleboard and fiberboard,” said Fred Kamke, OSU professor of wood science and engineering and director of the Green Building Materials Lab, an Oregon BEST Lab on the OSU campus. “Although emissions have been reduced dramatically over the years, formaldehyde is still being emitted and some markets are demanding formaldehyde-free solutions.”