We're creating equitable economic development and family-wage rural and urban jobs from sustainable wood products that are grown and manufactured in Oregon.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded Oregon Mass Timber Coalition a $41.4 million Build Back Better grant to advance Oregon’s sustainable mass timber sector. This investment will drive jobs, sustainable forestry, and mass timber housing.
The Coalition is a partnership between Oregon’s leading research universities and government agencies.
The T2 Building Innovation Hub is a signature project of the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, led by the Port of Portland.
Located on the 53-acre Terminal 2 site in Portland, the facility will build and supply mass timber panels for modular homes, which will be barged and trucked from Terminal 2 to communities in need around Oregon.
The $1 million grants will help the universities develop strategic plans for how to grow the region’s semiconductor and mass timber industries and improve its electrical grid.
At the International Mass Timber Conference, held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland from March 27 to 29, a mood of celebration filled the air as a series of overlapping communities came together to acknowledge and plan for mass timber’s growing (if still small) presence in mainstream construction.
Kotek wants to add 36,000 units of new housing each year in order to meet the need. Projects like Mass Casitas could help Oregon achieve that goal.
Inside a warehouse at the industrial Port of Portland lies what some believe could be the answer to Oregon’s housing crisis — a prototype of an affordable housing unit made from mass timber.
Gov. Tina Kotek took a closer look at production underway in Portland for a new type of modular home that could end up creating new homes in record time.
Standing among the hollow wooden housing units in the Port of Portland’s Marine Terminal 2, Gov. Tina Kotek and Sen. Jeff Merkley declared the Mass Casitas $5 million modular housing prototype pilot project a success.