Oregon Forest Science Complex
Equilibrium Consulting Inc
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, USA
Michael Green Architecture
TIMBER SUPPLIER AND INSTALLER
FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEER
D.R Johnson Wood Innovations
PAE Consulting Engineers
AEI Affiliated Engineers
Images: © 1&2 - Josh Partee, 3 - Ema Peter
Two new university faculty buildings, including an extensive variety of classrooms, laboratories, and gathering places. The buildings include the first use of self-centering post-tensioned CLT shearwalls in North America. The Complex shows that mass timber can offer a viable alternative to traditional high-performance construction systems.
Submitted in 2021
This institutional building structure sets a new bar for contemporary timber construction founded on the first use of state-of-the-art components.
The project introduced the first self-centering post-tensioned CLT shearwalls in North America, as well as the use of timber-concrete composite elements substantiated by significant research, analysis, and on-site vibration testing.
Located in the Pacific Northwest, the seismic demands of the site are severe. Timber was well-utilised to address this, with the low-weight building material reducing seismic forces, leading to further design efficiencies and material reduction.
The project effectively demonstrates that mass timber has earned its rightful place among high-tech construction materials, offering a lower-carbon alternative to more traditional high-performance systems.