(Courtesy city of Springfield)
A rendering of what a parking garage made from cross-laminated timber may look like in Glenwood.
Solid as steel. Sturdy as concrete.
Cross-laminated timber carries these claims and hopes for boosting Oregon’s wood products industry.
The engineered wood product is made by gluing together layers of boards, such as 2-by-4s, 2-by-6s and 2-by-8s. The resulting panels can be used in place of steel or concrete in the construction of buildings.
Advocates of the engineered wood say it has the potential to become a major product in commercial construction. But advocates acknowledge that a couple of things would have to happen first. Building codes in the United States will have to be revised to allow the use of panels in large buildings, and architects, developers and builders will have to demand the material for their projects.