Department of Natural Resources
Aug. 5, 2020
The summit, originally planned for April, is now a series of three web-based sessions from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, Sept. 22 and 29 and Oct. 6. It was originally scheduled to take place in April.
One summit highlight will be a virtual tour of Michigan State University’s new $100 million STEM Teaching and Learning Facility. It’s the first building in Michigan to use mass timber – a system where the load-bearing structure of buildings is constructed from engineered wood. Panels of durable, lightweight cross-laminated timber are being used for floors and ceilings in the 120,000-square-foot building near Spartan Stadium.
Other seminar topics scheduled for the summit include calculating the costs and benefits of mass timber projects, design and logistics, building codes and construction.
“People are starting to see the possibilities of mass timber, and it’s wonderful to have a large, public building on the MSU campus where people can see the technology for themselves,” said Jeff Stampfly, acting chief of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Forest Resources Division.
The event is co-hosted by the DNR and the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute. Leading sponsors of the event include The Nature Conservancy, Granger Construction, SDI Structures, Michigan State University, and JM Longyear.
The switch to a virtual summit means the registration cost is lower and more spots are available and organizers welcome anyone with an interest to come learn about this new building approach.