PBJ How Oregon Works: Know the risks of cross-laminated timber before beginning your project


For the construction issue of Portland Business Journal’s How Oregon Works series, Stoel Rives construction attorneys Eric Grasberger and Loni Hinton contributed an article titled “Know the risks of cross-laminated timber before beginning your project,” published September 11, 2018. In the article, Grasberger and Hinton discuss cross-laminated timber (CLT), a building material long used in Europe but only recently gaining popularity in the U.S., — what it is and how project owners and developers can mitigate the risk of using the material in their projects.

The authors conclude: “Only time will tell if CLT will spread in popularity in the United States to the extent it has in Europe and elsewhere. Like all new products, there will be bumps along the road until all those involved in its use have improved their roles in ensuring its success.

“In the meantime, forward-thinking owners should consider taking advantage of the benefits of CLT’s application to a wide range of projects, while utilizing the risk-mitigation tools outlined in this article.”

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