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Governor Kitzhaber highlights innovative use of wood products in Western Oregon University demonstration project

Designates new College of Education building under Executive Order 12-16
(Salem, OR) — Today, Governor Kitzhaber designated Western Oregon University’s new College of Education building as a demonstration project under Executive Order 12-16. Signed on October 8, 2012, the Executive Order directed the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to identify at least two non-residential, state capital construction projects that feature wood products in design and construction. Projects under Executive Order 12-16 are intended to showcase the role of wood products in high-performance buildings while supporting the use of Oregon wood and wood products in non-residential structures.
“Western’s new Education building is exactly the kind of project this Executive Order was intended to encourage,” said Governor Kitzhaber. “By increasing the market for products from sustainably managed forests in Oregon, we strengthen our economy and support long-term environmental health.”
As proposed, Western Oregon University’s new College of Education will feature Oregon wood products in both traditional and innovative applications. Demonstration project criteria included innovative and creative application of wood within building elements and the use of locally harvested wood and wood products. Innovative products, like wood-based fiber insulation and cross-laminated timber, are cost-competitive elements that enhance environmental performance and structural integrity.
The project is the first of its kind designated under Executive Order 12-16 and will serve as a model for additional projects seeking similar designation.
Media Contact:
Amy Wojcicki, Office of Governor Kitzhaber, 503-689-5324
John Tokarczyk, Oregon Department of Forestry, 541-231-3955

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