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October 11th, 2018 at 8:45am-5:00pm • Wells Conference Center • University of Maine
The Maine Mass Timber Event: Seizing the Opportunity
2018 Event Information
On October 11, 2018, UMaine hosted The Maine Mass Timber Event, a day-long conference in Orono which brought together and educated stakeholders in Maine and the region who want to see the state seize the opportunity that is mass timber for the benefit of the forest products industry. The event was co-sponsored by the (EDA-funded) Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center and WoodWorks.
Twenty-three speakers presented to a crowd of 182 attendees, which included cross laminated timber manufacturers, sawmill owners, landowners, foresters, architects, engineers, researchers, students, code and fire officials, politicians and investors.
Four winners of the Maine Mass Timber Design Competition were announced, where over 40 architects submitted their designs and vision for a new Maine Huts and Trails cabin made from mass timber.
The day concluded with a tour of the Advanced Structures & Composites Center where a demonstration test of a hybrid cross laminated timber product under development was carried out, made from two of Maine’s largest structural wood resources: spruce lumber from Dover-Foxcroft and laminated strand lumber, a wood composite produced in Houlton.
Based on the positive feedback, the Event was a success in building momentum, hopefully leading to the siting of a production facility in the state in the next two years, as well as a demonstration building, possibly on a UMaine campus.
The Maine Mass Timber Event Overview:
Presented by the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center and WoodWorks
Many are predicting the coming of a Timber Age, where Northern forests and rural economies supply the growing demand for urban construction and housing. In the Northeast, Maine and its forests sit atop one of the largest urban population centers on the planet. With over 90% of its land base covered in trees, Maine is the most heavily forested state in the nation, making it a prime candidate for economic revitalization through the sustainable production of mass timber. Hosted by the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center (MMTCC) in partnership with WoodWorks, this conference is part of an initiative to invigorate the region’s forest-based economy by bringing innovative mass timber manufacturing and projects to the State of Maine. A number of topics will be explored, including both supply-side (manufacturing, utilization of locally-sourced raw materials, workforce needs) and demand-side issues (design and construction of products and structures, code applications, fire resistance, and developer obstacles). By presenting a dynamic mix of speakers, including CLT companies that have announced plans to manufacture in Maine as well as architects and engineers, this event will b
ring together regional stakeholders to address questions that commonly arise when discussing this exciting new (to the U.S.) construction type.
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