New building at OSU could reshape future engineering

    New building at OSU could reshape future engineering

    CORVALLIS, Ore. - A new building at Oregon State University could re-shape the engineering of future buildings.

    “We needed to take the opportunity to show kids 18, 19, 20-years-old what the future of forestry is,” Geoff Huntington with OSU says.

    He says you’re looking at it.

    “A lot like what we've talked about farm to fork with our food, and where's our food come from, well forest to frame - where did the materials in our building come from,” he says.

    Huntington’s heading innovations to the new $80 million Oregon Forest Science Complex.

    The new building will serve students and staff with larger classrooms and new technology.

    “An all wood building that was manufactured using materials from our forest products industry in the Northwest was just such a logical next step for us,” he says.

    That’s right – timber, one of our state’s largest industries put to use in new ways.

    One product being CLT, which is cross-laminated timber.

    “I think that's the innovation that's happening in the design and engineering of buildings now,” he says.

    Huntington says it’s the first of its kind in the country to use a post-tensioned shear rocking wall system, meant to sustain earthquakes and recover faster.

    “Your building could be occupied within days rather than months or years,” Ari Sinha with OSU says.

    Sinha says the buildings new pre-tensioning cables will snap the CLT back into place during an earthquake, and the springs will soak up the energy, allowing the building to remain standing after the quake.

    All to be put to use next year.

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