Leading the World in Sustainable Forestry
In order to reduce the carbon footprint of high-rise construction, Oregon State’s College of Forestry is leading a new national effort to advance the technology needed to construct much taller, environmentally friendly buildings made primarily from wood.
Forward-thinking architects and engineers around the world are planning buildings that use exceptionally strong wood products. The new building material, known as cross-laminated timber, is made of strips of wood glued together across the grain. The panels, which are more sustainable and environmentally sensible, can be more than a foot thick and 80 feet long.
Consistently ranked as one of the best forestry programs in the world, the OSU College of Forestry is poised to become a global pioneer in the new industry. At the center of this research opportunity is the Oregon Forest Science Complex, a state-of-the-art facility that will be home not only to the College of Forestry and its programs, but also to an industry-leading advanced wood products laboratory. This research facility will be dedicated to developing and testing new wood building products — including cross-laminated timber — that could be manufactured in Oregon.
Michael Green, a leading innovator in high-rise wood construction, is designing the facility.
OSU already is a global leader in developing new glues and manufacturing techniques for engineered wood products, and in 2015 Oregon State was named the world’s eighth best university for forestry and agriculture by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Over the last decade, the College of Forestry’s enrollment has nearly doubled to about 1,000 students, and to meet high demand for trained forestry professionals, OSU plans to further increase enrollment to 2,000.
The College of Forestry is raising $35 million from philanthropic sources, to be combined with $29.7 million in state bonds. Donors giving $25,000 or more may be recognized with a room or other architectural space inside the building named in their honor, in accordance with university naming policies.
Become a partner in this exciting project by making a gift today that will have a profound impact on Oregon and the future of the wood products industry.