Oregon State University unveils new advanced wood products lab

The project was pitched in 2014 with an estimated $60 million cost but due to the rise in labor and construction material costs, the final bill was $79 million.

Posted: Oct 10, 2019 11:12 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2019 9:52 AM

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State University held an open house for its brand new, state of the art advanced wood products lab on Thursday. 

The "A-A" Red Emmerson Advanced Wood Products lab is part of the 95,000-square-foot Oregon Forestry Science Complex that has been under construction since 2015.

The project was pitched in 2014 with an estimated cost of $60 million but due to the rise in labor and construction material costs, the final bill was $79.5 million.

However, the university says it's worth the cost. Interim Dean of the College of Forestry Anthony Davis says this new lab will be a leading center for finding new ways to use wood in the current climate crisis.

"When we look at where we are in terms of a sustainability challenge understanding where things come from and climate crisis we have to look at what we can grow and what we can use more efficiently and effectively," Davis said.

The new lab will offer hands-on experience for both Oregon State University and the University of Oregon students. Judith Sheine, professor at the University of Oregon, said she can't wait for her students to jump in the lab to start working.

"They should look forward coming here and fabricating things with suing our great new equipment so that they can learn about how you can design things in an architectural drawing file, translate them into machine language and get them fabricated,” Sheine said.

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