Green construction gets starring role in Portland design firm’s Western Oregon University project

Portland Business Journal
By Wendy Culverwell
May 23, 2014

 

Portland’s Mahlum Architects has been selected to design the new Woodcock Education Center at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

A preliminary design for Western Oregon University's new Woodcock Education Center.
Portland-based Mahlum Architecs is giving forest products a prominent place in Western Oregon University’s new Woodcock Education Center, slated to open in 2016.

The center is a demonstration project that will highlight innovative uses of wood products in green buildings.

Gov. John Kitzhaber designated the Woodcock a “demonstration project” under Executive Order 12-16, which seeks to promote new and innovative uses of Oregon’s signature export — timber products — in construction.

The Woodcock Center, supported by a $1.4 million lead gift by Dr. Richard Woodcock, a former psychology professor, will replace the existing College of Education facility.

Mahlum’s preliminary designs call for a 57,000-square-foot multi-story building featuring cross-laminated timber as structural material for floors. It would be the first multi-story use of cross-laminated timber in Oregon.

Equilibrium Engineers is the structural engineer. WOU expects to hire a contractor this summer.

A preliminary design for Western Oregon University's new Woodcock Education Center.
A preliminary design for Western Oregon University’s new Woodcock Education Center.

Western Oregon expects to open the new building in time for the 2016 fall term.

Read more about the governor’s challenge to support the state’s $12.7 billion forest products industry by using wood in construction here.

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