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Auburn Mass Timber Collaborative to unite interdisciplinary faculty for research, education, outreach

By January 10, 2024February 14th, 2024No Comments

A new interdisciplinary collaboration between colleges is set to make Auburn University a leader in the rapidly growing mass timber industry.

The Auburn Mass Timber Collaborative will work to advance research, education and outreach in mass timber design and construction with a focus on the forestry, architecture, engineering and construction industries in the Southeast.

“Mass timber building technologies represent some of the most promising solutions to the challenges associated with how we build in the 21st century,” said David Hinson, associate dean and the R. Hugh Daniel Professor in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction (CADC). “Helping advance and expand the use of advanced wood building systems will translate to economic growth and jobs throughout Alabama and the region.”

Hey Day Market- Auburn University

The Auburn University Hey Day Market showcases the mass timber product, cross-laminated timber (CLT), on the façade of the building and its interior.

The Auburn Mass Timber Collaborative is comprised of faculty from across disciplines in CADC, the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment (CFWE) and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering.


"We start with forestry, where we provide expertise on wood as a material, followed by engineering, who ensures structural safety. Then architecture helps to make these structures more functional and appealing, and the end product is a mass timber material that opens up new pathways for nonresidential construction in Alabama."

Brian Via, Regions Bank Professor and director of CFWE's Forest Products Developments Center

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