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.
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.
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.