Building Tours


Building Tours

The highly anticipated mass timber building tours promise outstanding buildings and innovative materials



The 2021 virtual building tours are free to all Full pass attendees, and any attendee with a Tuesday Only pass (available soon). Filming virtual tours during the pandemic is no small feat. Thank you to all sponsors and companies who are working so hard to create a virtual tour experience for 2021 attendees.

When: Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Where: Virtual

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KEYNOTE: Google's Mass Timber Pilot Project

Location: Sunnyvale, California USA
Scale: 180,000 sf

Before we kick off a day of tours, we’ll hear from Google on their exciting, new project, expected to be a guide for all their mass timber buildings moving forward.

Google’s innovative pilot mass timber project is a 180,000 square foot office building in Sunnyvale, California. The virtual presentation of the project will be hosted by Michelle Kaufmann and David Gensemer of Google, Natalie Telewiak of MGA, and Dave Beck of XL Construction. The presentation will describe the journey from a concept in Google’s R&D Lab, through design, and now construction. It will include the procurement process and lessons learned from a 2-story mockup. This pilot project will pave the way for Google’s future mass timber developments.


≣ Michelle Kaufmann · Head of R+D for the Built Environment · Google
≣ David Gensemer · Real Estate Development Executive · Google
≣ Natalie Telewiak · Principal · Michael Green Architecture
≣ David Beck · Executive Vice President · XL Construction

Tour #1: Adidas North America Headquarters

Location: Portland, Oregon USA
Use: Headquarters
Scale: 182,000 sf & 31,000 sf
Completion: 2020

This LEED Gold project enhances adidas’ Portland, Oregon, campus with a new arrival of two signature buildings—the 182,000 square foot North Building and the 31,000 square foot South Building. 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. The design for the North Building deploys a unique hybrid structural system made from pre-cast concrete columns and girders with glulam beams and cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels assembled as a wood double-tee. The South 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.

This virtual tour will discuss the goals of the project including sustainability, design, and function along with the realization of these goals through rigorous planning & team selection, off-site manufacturing, and construction. You will hear from several members of the project team to discuss their roles in these unique structures.

Project Team

Owner / Developer: adidas America
Architect: Lever Architecture
Contractor: Turner Construction
Interior Design: Studio O+A
Structural Engineering: KPFF
Pre Cast Concrete Supplier: Knife River
Pre Cast/Mass Timber Installer: Precision Precast & Timberland Framing
Mass Timber Manufacturer & Fabricator: D.R. Johnson Wood Innovations

Founded in 1951, D.R. Johnson is a second-generation, family-owned wood products manufacturer located in Riddle, Oregon. D.R. Johnson was the first company in the U.S. to receive APA/ANSI certification to manufacture structural CLT panels. The maximum panel size currently produced is 10’ X 24’ X 3, 5, or 7 layers. Riddle Lam/D.R. Johnson can produce glulam beams up to a maximum size of 20”X 9’ X 130’ long.

Tour #2: Sustainable Wood from Sustainable Forests

Take a walk in the Oregon woods, no work boots or cold weather gear needed.

Photo: Oregon Forest Resources Institute

Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry with the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, will be your guide to Sustainable Wood from Sustainable Forests. This virtual tour explores the concepts of sustainable forestry and wood products as a sustainable solution for buildings. In order for architects and engineers to feel comfortable using wood including mass timber in their buildings they need to understand the benefits of wood, the sustainable way that forests are managed, the laws that govern forest management and the forest certification systems that are used. This virtual tour should increase your comfort level for designing and building with sustainable wood from our sustainable forests.

Tour #3: Freres Lumber Co. MPP Plant & Santiam Canyon School District

Location: Lyons, Oregon USA
Use: MPP production
Scale: 180,000 sf
Completion: 2017

Tour the world’s only Mass Ply Panel (MPP) plant and a school gymnasium built from MPP.

Freres Lumber’s Mass Ply Panel facility, built in 2017, is a $40M private investment in the heart of the Santiam Canyon, a key location for the future of the mass timber industry. The 180,000 square foot facility, houses equipment designed specifically to produce the world’s only Mass Ply Panels (MPP). MPP is a veneer-based, patented, structural composite lumber product designed as an alternative to concrete, steel, and cross laminated timber (CLT).

Join us for a tour of a truly innovative facility creating unique wood panels in the most efficient configurations available in the market. Learn how you can save cost by using less wood to create stronger panels for more exceptional buildings. You’ll also see what may be the world’s largest carriage, a custom unit developed recently by USNR for use in the Freres’ MPP plant.

In addition, see an all wood rigid frame structure with a 92’ span and an entire gymnasium built out of MPP columns, beams, walls, and roof.

Tour #4: Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design

Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Scale: 40,000 sf
Completion: 2019

The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is a 40,000 square foot classroom building on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. The virtual tour through the building will be hosted by Skanska Project Solutions Director Jimmy Mitchell and building director Shan Arora. The tour will focus on the mass timber technology, stories and impacts that went into this project being a model for deep green construction in the hot and humid southeast. The building is expected to receive full Living Building Challenge certification in March 2021.

Project Team

Owner / Developer: Georgia Tech
Architect: Lord Aeck Sargent and The Miller Hull Partnership
Contractor: Skanska USA
Landscape Architect: Andropogon
Structural Engineering: Uzun & Case
Civil Engineering: Long Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: PAE
Electrical Engineer: PAE
Plumbing Engineer: PAE
Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing: Newcomb & Boyd
Greywater Systems: Biohabitats
Building Enclosure Consulting: JRS Consulting

Tour #5: EDGE Suedkreuz Berlin

Location: Berlin, Germany
Scale: 32,000 m²
Completion: 2021

With approx. 32.000 m², the EDGE Suedkreuz Berlin project is the largest timber hybrid building in Germany so far. The project has been developed by EDGE Technologies and will host the new headquarters for the energy supplier Vattenfall in Germany.

Stunning design combined with forward-thinking urban sustainability: a workplace for the future. Part of a larger re-development trend in Berlin’s “Schöneberger Linse,” this attractive two-building complex will house Vattenfall’s headquarters, among others. In addition to heightened sustainability due to timber-hybrid building materials, a central aim of the project was to provide employees with various environments to choose from during their time at work. The flexible interior planning opportunities of the CREE system were especially advantageous here, facilitating a mix of open and informal meeting areas to complement more conventional office spaces.

Project Team

Owner: SXB 1 S.a.r.l. / SXB 2 S.a.r.l.
Architect: Tchoban Voss, Berlin
Structural Engineers: Happold, Berlin | BIT, Berlin

Tour #6: Wingspan Conference and Event Center & Hidden Creek Community Center

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon USA
Scale: 80,000 sf & 50,000 sf
Completion: Both in 2020

Located just west of Portland, Oregon, two new mass timber buildings are attracting a lot of attention. The Wingspan Conference and Event Center, with its 80,000 square feet of CLT and glulam roof structure, and the 50,000 square foot Hidden Creek Community Center are an example to how the public sector can harness the advantages of mass timber construction. Take a tour and learn from Swinerton Builders, the City of Hillsboro, and Washington County representatives, on how these projects came to fruition and the procurement method which enabled their success. During the discussion, we will we showcase the beautiful applications of the mass timber and discuss the contracting type that facilitated the type of collaboration between the contractor and design team for these projects. Both buildings were completed in 2020. The Hidden Creek Community Center is open for limited recreation and events, and the Wingspan Event and Conference Center will open in Spring of 2021.

Project Team | Wingspan Conference and Event Center

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Client: Washington County
Architect: LRS Architects
Structural Engineer: IMEG
Swinerton’s Role: Construction manager/general contractor & self-perform mass timber

Project Team | Hidden Creek Community Center

Location: Hillsboro, Oregon
Client: City of Hillsboro
Architect: Opsis Architecture
Structural Engineer: KPPF Consulting Engineers
Swinerton’s Role: Construction manager/general contractor & self-perform mass timber & concrete

Tour #7: A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory

Location: Oregon Forest Sciences Complex at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon USA
Use: Research/Education
Scale: 15,000 sf
Completion: 2019

One of the first buildings to employ structural MPP (mass plywood panels), the A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory is defined by its massive 12,500 square foot research bay made of, and for, innovative timber building products. The Emmerson lab is a world-class timber engineering facility dedicated to furthering research, innovation and collaboration across disciplines and professions in the timber design, engineering, fabrication, and construction sector. The building serves as the headquarters for TallWood Design Institute and facilitates advancement of the timber sector through applied research, product development, testing, and professional education.

The laboratory houses two distinct technical functions:

  • A structural testing bay, complete with a 25 foot tall, 4 foot thick reaction wall capable of testing structures up to three stories high, and a 60 foot X 80 foot strong floor (one of the largest strong wall/floor systems related to wood and timber research in the U.S.);
  • An advanced wood products manufacturing bay, outfitted with state-of-the-art fabrication equipment, including a Minda 8 x 10-foot CLT press, a large 5-axis CNC fabrication machine, and a high-accuracy Kuka robot mounted on a linear track system. The Uniteam UT-9 CNC is capable of working with mass timber panels up to 29 feet in length and 10 feet in width, as well as straight curved beams.

These capabilities, along with others, allow the lab to serve not only as a unique incubator for the development and prototyping of new products and building systems, but also as a hands-on space for the development of digital design and advanced fabrication skills.

Join us for a brief tour of the space and a glimpse into a few projects that are recently being carried out there.

Project Team: A.A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Lab
Client: Oregon State University, College of Forestry
Architect: MGA
Structural Engineer: KPFF
Contractor: Andersen Construction

Tour #8: Katerra CLT Factory & Catalyst Building Tour

Get an up-close look at North America’s largest CLT manufacturing facility and a state-of-the-art mass timber building in Washington state.

Take a tour of Katerra’s cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory for a glimpse into its daily operations. At 270,000 square feet, the plant is the largest single-use CLT facility in North America. We’ll then explore the Catalyst, at 150,000 square feet it is the first office building in the state of Washington constructed out of CLT. Catalyst showcases new construction techniques and materials that are more sustainable and more efficient. The lumber for the mass timber products that utilized CLT on this project was sourced by Katerra from working forests that are harvested using sound ecological practices, and will be replenished for the next cycle of forest growth and harvested for use by future generations. The wood is sourced from Katerra’s forest and sawmill partners for manufacturing at its Spokane Valley CLT factory.

Catalyst Project Team

Katerra manufactured most of the CLT components in its Spokane Valley factory and served as the design builder for the project with Michael Green Architecture of Vancouver, British Columbia, as the design architect. McKinstry was the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and data contractor.

Katerra Mass Timber

As a fully integrated mass timber services partner, Katerra provides best-in-class design, engineering, manufacturing, and building expertise. Our advanced CLT manufacturing facility in Spokane Valley, Washington holds the highest-capacity and highest quality production capabilities in North America. Since opening its CLT factory doors in 2019, Katerra has delivered to third-party clients with 100% on-time, on-budget, and on-quality performance.