The March 2023 International Mass Timber Conference was the largest gathering of mass timber experts in the world. Our booth was a hub for meeting new people and sharing information.

We met people from all over the world exploring the role of innovative wood products in design + construction

With nearly 3,000 people attending from around the globe, the 2023 International Mass Timber Conference provided our enthusiastic team with a smorgasbord of opportunities to learn new things and meet new people in a shared exploration of innovative wood products currently being used and under development. From cross-laminated timber and glulam mass plywood panels to dowel-laminated timber, and laminated veneer lumber, we were blown away by the potential of these products and approaches to design and build projects that are more beautiful and high performing.

This conference is recognized in our industry as the most important single event to learn about innovative wood products.

Our booth was a big success and our people came back with new approaches that we can immediately apply to projects. “One real benefit of being at this conference is that we learned quite a bit more about Glue Laminated Timber (GLT). After about half an hour spent talking with Tom at Vaagen about the pros and cons of GLT vs. CLT, we were able to directly apply this new information to our Accretech project by suggesting swapping out GLT rather than CLT, which lowers the cost while maintaining high performance.  With this minor change, we eliminated about half of the CLT beams required to build Accretech,” says Sarah Young. 

The March 2023 International Mass Timber Conference was the largest gathering of mass timber experts in the world. Our booth was a hub for meeting new people and sharing information.

We met people from all over the world exploring the role of innovative wood products in design + construction

With nearly 3,000 people attending from around the globe, the 2023 International Mass Timber Conference provided our enthusiastic team with a smorgasbord of opportunities to learn new things and meet new people in a shared exploration of innovative wood products currently being used and under development. From cross-laminated timber and glulam mass plywood panels to dowel-laminated timber, and laminated veneer lumber, we were blown away by the potential of these products and approaches to design and build projects that are more beautiful and high performing.

This conference is recognized in our industry as the most important single event to learn about innovative wood products.

Our booth was a big success and our people came back with new approaches that we can immediately apply to projects. “One real benefit of being at this conference is that we learned quite a bit more about Glue Laminated Timber (GLT). After about half an hour spent talking with Tom at Vaagen about the pros and cons of GLT vs. CLT, we were able to directly apply this new information to our Accretech project by suggesting swapping out GLT rather than CLT, which lowers the cost while maintaining high performance.  With this minor change, we eliminated about half of the CLT beams required to build Accretech,” says Sarah Young. 

Steeplejack Brewing Company was one of 11 restoration projects selected by Restore Oregon to receive a 2022 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation!

This award is given to a select few to recognize excellence in preservation, reuse, and community revitalization. We are so proud of our in-house architecture team, Open Concept Architecture for the incredible design that both preserved and honored the historical Portland church. Congratulations as well to Swinerton and the Steeplejack team (including Central Geotechnical Services and Waypoint Engineering, Inc.) for winning this award!

Learn more about the award here.

We are speechless. Three of our projects were recognized at the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon 2022 Top Projects Awards last night.

We received two first place prizes for Nestucca K-8 Expansion (General Contractor) and Amaterra Winery (Owner’s Rep). Additionally, Steeplejack Brewery was awarded second place, a project our OCA team proudly designed.

Huge congratulations to the teams that worked on these projects and all other companies that were recognized for their contributions to our communities.

PROJECT TEAMS:
Nestucca Valley School DistDLR GroupDAY CPM Services LLCZCS Engineering & ArchitectureOtakO’Brien/Open Concept Architecture

Steeplejack Brewing CompanySwinertonColeBreit EngineeringCentral Geotechnical ServicesWaypoint Contracting Inc. O’Brien/Open Concept Architecture

Amaterra WinesGBD ArchitectsEmerick Construction CompanyGlumac InternationalHumber Design Group, Inc.TM Rippey Consulting EngineersO’Brien/Open Concept Architecture