OSU bound: Freres’ MPP used for new wood products lab

December, 2018 Posted in Community, Nature

Freres Lumber Company has made the final shipment of its new, patented Mass Plywood Panel (MPP) to Oregon State University for use in the construction of the new A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory (AWP).

MPP is being used for both interior and exterior walls of the AWP as well as roofing in the George W. Peavy Forest Science Center. The two buildings, which form the Oregon Forest Science Center, are incorporating innovative uses of advanced wood products made in Oregon.

Freres Lumber’s MPP is a new entrant in the mass timber market. It is the first and only mass timber panel constructed entirely out of Structural Composite Lumber worldwide, which means it uses 20 to 30 percent less wood, costs less, and is as strong or stronger and lighter weight than lumber-based Cross-Laminated Timbers.

MPP also supports ecofriendly building practices without compromising stability, produces fewer CO2 emissions than other building materials and is renewable, unlike concrete and steel, according to company-provided information.

Freres Lumber is the third U.S. producer of mass timber panels to achieve certification under the APA – The Engineered Wood Association’s PRG 320 standard since the standard’s inception. This standard covers the manufacturing, qualification and quality assurance requirements.

The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is expected to open by Fall 2019. Sierra Pacific Industries committed $6M to the project in honor of its founder, A.A. “Red” Emmerson.

Freres Lumber, established in 1922, is among Oregon’s premier engineered wood products manufacturing companies.

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