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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