Building Tours

The highly anticipated mass timber building and facility tours promise outstanding buildings, innovative materials, cutting-edge research, and plenty of networking with global professionals on this consistently sold out event





  • Tuesday, April 12, 2022, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Lunch, safety equipment, and coach transportation provided (to and from the Oregon Convention Center)
  • Voodoo doughnuts and coffee/tea served before departure, courtesy of Henkel


  • Tours #1 and #2 happen simultaneously, so you must choose one or the other.
  • All tour attendees must ride on the provided buses—no riding to and from tour stops in separate vehicles is allowed.
  • We may tour one or more active construction site(s), so attendees must wear long pants and sturdy, close-toed shoes such as hiking or work boots. Anyone wearing short pants, skirts, dresses, raised heels, tennis shoes, open toed shoes or other attire not appropriate for an active construction site may be excluded from certain stops.
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Tour #1: Portland Mass Timber Buildings

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Check-in Time | 6:30 am – 7:45 am
Check-in Location | Outside Exhibit Hall B, Oregon Convention Center
Depart | ~ 7:50 am

Lunch courtesy of Turner Construction

A) adidas North American Headquarters

Location: Portland, Oregon
Scale: 460,000 sf
Completion: 2021

Photo © Jeremy Bittermann

Following a national design competition, adidas selected the team of LEVER Architecture, Studio O+A, and GGN to realize a major expansion of their North American Headquarters. The target LEED v4 Gold project enhances adidas’ Portland, Oregon, campus with a new arrival sequence and two signature buildings. The overall material palette for both buildings is raw, authentic, and appropriate to the task: exposed concrete and wood, as well as metal panels that are woven across the façade. Leveraging the firm’s expertise with timber innovation, the design for the Gold Building deploys a unique hybrid structural system made from pre-cast concrete columns and girders with glulam beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels. The Performance Zone Building’s all mass timber design includes glulam columns and beams with CLT panels. Located over an existing parking garage, the design takes advantage of the lightness of wood to create a larger structure. Mass timber’s warm character, technical innovation, and connection to the regional forestry culture make it an ideal material for a cutting-edge brand with roots in the Northwest.

Project Team

Owner: adidas
Architect: LEVER Architecture
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company
Mass Timber: DR Johnson Wood Innovations
Structural Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
MEP/FP Engineering: Interface Engineering
Building Enclosure Consulting: RDH Building Science
Acoustical Engineering: Stantec
Interior Designs: Studio O+A

B) Tour Stop #2 Announced Soon

C) Tour Stop #3 Announced Soon


Tour #2: Mass Timber Technical Academy

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Check-in Time | 6:30 am – 6:55 am
Check-in Location | Outside Exhibit Hall B, Oregon Convention Center
Depart | ~ 7:00 am

Lunch courtesy of Sierra Pacific Windows

Cutting-Edge Research in Action at the TallWood Design Institute

Location: Corvallis, Oregon

Join TallWood Design Institute (TDI) at their new, state-of-the-art A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory at Oregon State University to learn more about—and see firsthand—cutting-edge mass timber research and workforce development. Participants will rotate through eight stations hosted by research personnel and industry partners focusing on mass timber research and fabrication/construction techniques. These stations will include:

  • Fire Engineering
    Characterizing the fire performance of different mass timber systems and developing the science behind timber fire engineering practice are critical to the future of tall wood design and construction. An expert in the field, Dr. Erica Fischer of Oregon State University will showcase and discuss fire testing and fire engineering efforts, looking at various mass timber floor assemblies and connections.
  • Structural Testing
    Structural and seismic research are critical to the development of engineering design values and working models for structural systems at the material, connection and full-system scales. Join TDI’s Structural Testing Coordinator, Byrne Miyamoto, to learn about our structural and seismic research program and facilities, and to see a live demonstration of a bending test.
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Fabrication
    Come see our Biesse Uniteam UT 9 beam and panel processing center in action, and learn about how new computer aided design and manufacturing technologies (CAD/CAM) are revolutionizing conventional design and construction practices in the mass timber arena.
  • Robotic Fabrication
    Meet E.A.R.L., the Eight Axis Robotic Lumberjack. Industrial robots, such as E.A.R.L, are used in many manufacturing and fabrication applications that require repetitive, highly accurate and precise movements and manipulations. E.A.R.L’s capabilities, such as timber milling, will be demonstrated and discussed by TDI’s Technical Manager, Jörn Dettmer.
  • Mass Timber Install Demo
    Part of the appeal of mass timber construction and all of that up-front work of synchronizing design, fabrication and construction teams, is the promise of rapid installation and efficient trade coordination. Station five will showcase a few mass timber connectors and connection systems and will demonstrate a live install with our overhead crane.
  • Ponderosa Pine CLT: Performance, Standards and Modular Design
    Ponderosa pine has historically dominated the landscape of the east Cascades, Klamath, and Blue Mountains. These ecoregions face new management challenges as a result of climate change and a history of fire suppression, resulting in denser stands and higher fuel loads under increasing drought conditions. Dr. Mariapaola Riggio and Dr. Lech Muszynski will showcase and discuss research efforts focused on utilizing ponderosa pine for CLT and validating its performance, from the PRG320 standard through modular construction design applications.
  • Acoustics
    While wood is a great material for resonating tones in musical instruments, it comes with its own challenges when designing for acoustic separation in multifamily homes, hospitals, and other building types that require peace and quiet. Join Dr. Mark Fretz of the University of Oregon’s Institute for Health in the Built Environment (IHBE) to learn about acoustics in timber structures, and to see a live demo of acoustic testing devices used to assess mass timber structures acoustic performance.

The Emmerson Lab’s 12,500 square-feet of structural testing space and 2,500 square-feet of advanced wood products manufacturing area immediately captures the eye with its massive reaction wall and strong floor system, and its use of cross laminated timber from D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations and the first ever structural use of mass plywood panels (MPP) from Freres Lumber. The strong wall/floor is one of the largest in the nation dedicated to timber engineering (60-by-80 foot strong floor area with a 25 foot tall reaction wall system) and enables testing of up to 3-story structures.