Wood Building Projects will Showcase Sustainable Forests

2020 is expected to be a big year for two major building projects that will help tell the story of sustainable forestry in the county and this region of the state.  The OSU Extension Education Center, scheduled for ground breaking later this spring in Oregon City on Clackamas County’s Red Soils government campus, will be the area’s first advanced wood technology and net-zero building. The advanced wood technology features will include cross laminated timber and mass plywood materials.  Net-zero means the building will produce its own energy to meet annual requirements.

At the Hopkins Demonstration Forest in Beavercreek, plans are being finalized to construct a new Forestry and Natural Resources Outreach Center—an all wood residential-style building—that will become the home for a Forest Caretaker plus provide a meeting space and overnight accommodations for college or university students, teachers or visiting researchers doing work at the forest.  Ground breaking for the Hopkins building will depend on fundraising progress. 
 
“Both buildings will be great examples of using wood as the preferred construction material for commercial or public buildings, like Extension’s Center, as well as in residential building,” said Mike Bondi, Extension’s Clackamas County Liaison and former  Extension Forestry Agent.  “Wood has been, and still is, the preferred construction material for most residential construction here in the Pacific Northwest.  But, this has not been the case for larger commercial or public buildings for many years.  These two projects will be important examples for the use of wood from sustainably managed forests as the preferred construction material in our part of the country and around the nation.” 
 
Private fundraising for the two projects is now underway within the forestry and woodland community and provides the donors the opportunity to make one gift to support both projects.  Just prior to the close of 2019, Ilene and Monte Waldorf, Molalla, made the first joint project donation--$20,000—to support both building funds.  “We really believe that these two projects will be great examples to the community about wood and our forests, plus help tell some of the history of the woodland movement in this county.  Besides, these buildings will be important facilities to support woodland owner and public education.  We are happy to be part of these exciting projects!” 
 
For more information about the projects, contact Mike Bondi at the Extension office in Oregon City.

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