Growing Partnerships

New lab focuses on the future of wood

Forestry, engineering and design are driving the next generation of wood products in the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory. The 17,500-square-foot lab, part of the Oregon Forest Science Complex, opened in October. It is the home of the TallWood Design Institute, an interdisciplinary partnership between OSU’s colleges of Forestry and Engineering and the University of Oregon’s College of Design.

TallWood’s focus is the advancement of structural wood products and mass timber design in constructing high-rise and other multistory buildings. “Our mission is to use this space as a model of how we can pair Oregon’s intellectual capacity with our natural resources and capitalize on our spirit of innovation,” says Anthony C. Davis, interim dean of the College of Forestry.

By Nick Houtman

Nick Houtman is director of research communications at OSU and edits Terra, a world of research and creativity at Oregon State University. He has experience in weekly and daily print journalism and university science writing. A native Californian, he lived in Wisconsin and Maine before arriving in Corvallis in 2005.