Timberlab to construct new CLT manufacturing facility in Oregon, US

Holgate Library Mass Timber Structure, Portland, Oregon (Image: FLOR Projects)

Timberlab, a subsidiary of Swinerton Incorporated and the US provider of holistic mass timber systems, has unveiled its plans to construct and operate a cross-laminated timber (CLT) manufacturing facility in Oregon’s mid-Willamette region.

This initiative represents a milestone in the firm’s mission to accelerate the mainstream adoption of mass timber construction across the US, providing a low-carbon and renewable material for the construction industry.

“Timberlab’s objective has been to remove pinch points in the mass timber industry so that timber structures are affordable and widely usable in the US construction market,” stated Timberlab president Chris Evans.

“Over the last four years, we have added two CNC facilities in Portland, Oregon, and Greenville, South Carolina, focused on expanding the supply chain for mass timber. The increase in mass timber demand, coupled with our successes over the last seven years, is driving us to continue to expand the supply chain by adding our new CLT manufacturing facility in Oregon.”

Supported by an investment from Swinerton, plans for the 250,000sqft CLT manufacturing facility is poised to support the growing demand for sustainable construction alternatives nationwide.

With an anticipated annual output of 100,000m3 of finished CLT products, the facility will integrate automated processes and is expected to create 100 manufacturing jobs at full capacity, becoming one of the largest facilities in the US.

This endeavor and its employment opportunities will contribute to the region’s economic development while fostering a skilled workforce dedicated to advancing sustainable construction practices.

The mid-Willamette Valley is the heart of the Pacific Northwest Mass Timber Tech Hub designated by the US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) in 2023.

Timberlab has ongoing collaboration with leading academic research programmes at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the Tall Wood Design Institute. Building this manufacturing facility near these resources will drive innovation and position Timberlab, Swinerton, and the State of Oregon as catalysts in mass timber construction.

“As early adopters of mass timber construction, we swiftly recognised the importance of managing the entire supply chain to ensure timely delivery, exceptional quality, and competitive pricing for our clients. Our new CLT manufacturing facility and two existing fabrication facilities bring us significantly closer to our vision,” said Swinerton CEO David Callis.

“These facilities and our turnkey in-house design, procurement, and detailing services have positioned Timberlab, Swinerton, and the industry to make significant strides toward a sustainable built environment. I am thrilled about what this move means for sustainable construction in the US.”