Rocking wall system installed for new Peavy Hall

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Installation of Peavy Hall’s innovative, cross-laminated timber (CLT) rocking wall system began on Thursday, November 28. This marks an important milestone for the construction of the Oregon Forest Science Complex. When the $65 million project is completed, Peavy Hall will be the first building in the United States to feature this kind of system in which shear walls are connected to a concrete footing utilizing post-tensioned, self-centering rods running through the CLT wall. The rods allow the wall to rock laterally during an earthquake and snap back into its original upright position afterwards. This resilient design option meets earthquake safety standards with the goal of minimizing structural building damage from an earthquake.

U-shaped brackets on the sides of the CLT panels dissipate energy between the panels without damaging the load-bearing structures. The system is designed to enable occupants to exit tall-wood buildings safely while minimizing damage to the structure.

“The CLT rocking wall system is just one example of how the Oregon Forest Science Complex will feature state-of-the-art technology and innovative uses of materials grown and produced in the state of Oregon,” says Thomas Maness, the Cheryl Ramberg-Ford and Allyn C. Ford Dean of the College of Forestry. “We’re excited about the progress to date. The complex is for the people of Oregon and represents the future of forestry in the entire region.”

Once completed, the complex will provide current and future students with a transformative educational experience across a full range of forestry, natural resources and wood science degree programs. The look and atmosphere of the complex will reinforce Oregon State’s international status as a premier forestry, natural resources and wood science institution devoted to improving our forest landscapes and ecosystems.

Throughout the facility, visitors will notice innovate use of advanced wood products including CLT. These new, competitively-priced and environmentally friendly products aim to increase the value of the state’s natural resources while growing jobs in rural communities. 

“Our new space will help us continue our groundbreaking work creating innovative forest products and a healthy forest landscape,” Maness says. “The complex will provide classroom and lab space for our top-ranked students and prepare them to tackle our most complex landscape challenges, improve rural economies and establish a healthy forest landscape.”

Construction of the 95,000-square-foot project, which will encompass a new Peavy Hall and the A. A. “Red” Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory, is scheduled to be completed by fall 2018.