The research Graham Montgomery and Michael Stoner were conducting in 2013 as students at Clemson University gave them experience with real-world applications for mass timber construction. Now Graham, mass timber technical director, and Michael, intern project engineer, can see the evolution of mass timber construction as it expands across the United States, including at Clemson University.

The Snow Family Outdoor Fitness and Wellness Center, part of Clemson University, is built with cross-laminated timber (CLT) and is among the first-ever projects involving CLT made from southern yellow pine.

Michael recalls his vision on mass timber and its applications for Clemson University. “In my time here, we’ve gone from pressing the first southern yellow pine pieces to having a completed building on campus. That’s huge progress.”

Graham recently had the opportunity to sign the inside of an elevator shaft within the fitness and wellness center as part of the topping-out ceremony; bringing his research, experience, and passions full circle to where it all began.

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Photo by Craig Mahaffey

Inside view of First Tech Federal Credit Union office, an ENR Northwest best office, retail, and mixed use winner.

We’re proud to share First Tech Federal Credit Union in Hillsboro, Oregon was chosen as a “Best Project” by ENR Northwest.

Located on 17 acres along Brookwood Parkway in Hillsboro’s Dawson Creek Park, the 156,000-square-foot mass timber office building provides First Tech Federal Credit Union the ability to congregate their staff at a central location, with space for future growth and development. First Tech Federal Credit Union’s motto is “People First,” and their new Oregon campus is built to support and promote the health, comfort, and happiness of their employees.

The building achieved LEED Gold certification, receiving an exemplary score in the regional materials category as all timber components were sourced and refined within 500 miles of the site.

Open offices are designed with special emphasis on equal access to natural light and views from every work station. After thorough investigation, mass timber was selected as the structural system over concrete and steel for its financial and schedule advantages, and its biophilic quality.

Check out ENR Northwest to see a full list of project award winners.