In 2020, the Oregon Mass Timber Coalition introduced an initiative to expand the state’s market for the use of mass timber. This suite of projects aims to create shared prosperity by sourcing from resilient forests, designing and manufacturing innovative new products, and providing employment and workforce training opportunities.
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. It will also serve as a small business incubator, inclusive of women and diverse communities, and as a location for workforce training.
The State of Oregon and the Legislature have committed $5 million for a prototype housing manufacturing facility, led by the Port and Hacienda CDC.
The TallWood Design Institute is a collaboration between the University of Oregon and Oregon State University, working with industry experts to shape housing designs that are attractive, affordable, energy-efficient, and resilient.
Acoustic Testing Facility
A state-of-the-art facility for conducting acoustics tests to ensure a quiet experience for residents of mass timber homes.
Fire Testing Facility
A fire testing chamber to optimize the fire resistance performance of mass timber housing.
Evaluating the structural and durability performance of mass timber housing modules.
Developing panelized housing prototypes that leverage the cost efficiencies of computer-controlled prefabrication. Researching digital prefabrication of mass timber panels to retrofit existing multi-family housing stock.
The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition is partnering with regional workforce boards, industry, community-based organizations, labor unions and community colleges to create a Mass Timber workforce strategy.
The strategy is modeled on Forterra’s program in Washington State and will establish training locations around the state that connect rural and urban communities through job opportunities in forestry, fabrication, construction, and manufacturing. The program is envisioned to be a resource for pre-apprenticeship programs, providing space for additional hands-on training and classroom education to meet pre-apprentice requirements and creating a pathway to living wage jobs in communities.
Oregon State University is analyzing regional timber supply available for mass timber products, with an emphasis on ecological thinning and proximity to transportation and processing facilities for supply chain efficiency.
The Oregon Department of Forestry will conduct environmental review and implement new forest restoration projects within the Willamette National Forest, removing small trees and brush while leaving larger trees behind. This will increase fire resiliency while providing wood fiber to the state’s growing mass timber industry.
These initiatives will result in statewide wood fiber mapping, training in forest restoration practices, and evaluation of lesser utilized lumber quality. They will advance a tracing and tracking methodology to support the sustainable mass timber industry.
Oregon's Department of Land Conservation and Development will create model development codes to make it easier to build using modular mass timber panels.
DLCD will also work directly with wildfire-impacted communities to implement code changes that will allow for rapid development of new mass timber modular housing.
This can be used as a national best practice, given that statutory and local regulatory barriers impede the rapid deployment of mass timber housing around the country.