We are excited to announce the development of a new-tomarket, veneer-based engineered wood product– Mass Plywood Panel (MPP).
MPP is currently being tested and refined through technical direction from the Tallwood Design Institute, a collaboration between Oregon State University Colleges of Forestry and Engineering and University of Oregon College of Architecture. Patents on MPP are pending.
What is a Mass Plywood Panel?
MPP is a massive, large scale, structural composite lumber based panel designed as 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% 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 plywood panel with dimensions up to 12 feet wide and 48 feet long. Boasting thicknesses from up to 24 inches thick, the panels may be customized to fit specific projects. Thickness may be constructed in 1 inch increments to provide superior strength and performance.
Freres began construction of a 175,000 square foot facility in Lyons, Oregon in March of 2017. Equipment is currently being installed with anticipated commissioning at the end of 2017. Please visit our MPP Sales contact page for more information on this revolutionary new product.
Portland Art Museum Pavilion
Freres, in cooperation with Lever Architecture and the Portland Art Museum, developed an exhibit utilizing MPP to celebrate the life and work of Architect John Yeon. Yeon is considered a pioneer of the Northwest Regional style of Modernism in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The pavilion shown lived at the Museum until a few weeks ago, and now resides next to our Lyons office. The video below shows the construction of the pavilion at Portland Art Museum, and if you would like to see the exhibit in person, please visit us in Lyons.