We are excited to announce the development of a new-to-market, veneer-based engineered wood product – Mass Plywood Panel (MPP).
MPP is currently being tested and refined through a partnership between Freres Lumber Co. and researchers at Oregon State University College of Forestry and the TallWood Design Institute. Patents on MPP are pending.
What Is a Mass Plywood Panel?
MPP is a massive, large scale plywood based panel designed to be an alternative to Cross Laminated Timbers (CLT). CLT products have been used in Europe for decades as a substitute for concrete construction, and have recently been used in multi-story construction in the United States.
Studies are showing that using veneer as a raw material for a Mass Timber Panel can potentially achieve the same structural attributes of a CLT panel with 20 to 30% less wood.
Large format panels can be manufactured at the production facility to include window, door and all other required cut-outs, which will minimize waste and labor on the job site.
The relative lightness of the panels can help transportation costs and logistics when constructing buildings on-site.
MPP can potentially alleviate current building constraints of labor and land availability by allowing contractors to build quicker and taller with fewer workers.
The aesthetic appeal of wood makes MPP a competitive new option.
MPP is a massive, large scale plywood panel with maximum finished panel dimensions up to 12 feet wide by 48 feet long and up to 24 inches thick. The panels may be customized to fit specific projects; constructed in one-inch thick increments that provide superior strength and performance.
Freres Lumber Co. plans to have a full MPP production facility in operation in Lyons, Oregon by the end of 2017.