Wow! Who would have thought so many people would be interested in mass timber?
This is unbelievable … mass timber has arrived.
The conference in its 7th year has grown from its humble beginnings of around 250 attending.
The topics this year were diverse, covering the entry of minority groups into mass timber design to developers’ perspective on mass timber.
Designed by Korb + Associates Architects, the skyscraper was built in just under two years after breaking ground in August 2020.
The architecture studio’s design for the tower was informed by biophilic design.
Even this old timber engineer learnt something.
The exhibition was also fantastic.
So many mass timber suppliers and associated businesses offered services and products to make mass timber use easy.
There was even a demonstration of mass timber being installed and because it was mass timber it went up quickly.
A highlight of the conference was an axe-throwing demonstration that started open when the beer was being served.
Nothing could go wrong with that mix.
Freres Mass Plywood Panels
Anyhow, MPP is a 25mm lamella used to construct the panels.
Each lamella is constructed of 9 layers of 3.7mm veneer.
These thin layers are engineered and oriented to enhance the natural strength and dimensional stability of the wood.
Floor, roof and wall panels can be manufactured as large as 3.6m wide and 14.6m long.
Panels thicknesses are available in 25 mm increments from 50mm to 300mm.
A Global Mass Timber Community
As a guest of the American Plywood Association and the American Agricultural Service, the highlight of the event for me was the networking.
Meeting colleagues from around the world and some from home.
Colleagues talked about sharing experiences and resources.
Amanda Sturgeon CEO from the Build by Nature summed it up.
Amanda said that different regions of the world where at different stages of their mass timber journey and facing different challenges at different time.
Cooperation between the regions can help mass timber grow even further.
The Timber Off-Site Construction conference, which will be hosted in Melbourne, Australia 11 and 12 September 2023, provides an ideal opportunity for the community to build on the momentum from Portland.
The theme for 2023 is “Timber & Technology – The Zero Carbon Future” and will build on the themes discussed in a number of the conferences keynote presentations.
We can’t wait to see you in Melbourne!
- Wood Central will have exclusive updates from Andrew Dunn, including innovations and site visits, throughout the day.