Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) continues to have an impact! Two WALSH jobs, Framework and the new CLT Classrooms in five Washington School Districts, are highlighted in the Forterra NW Quarterly Newsletter provided in the link below. Take a closer look at these two compelling projects! Link to the articles.
State-funded pilot CLT modular classrooms made significant strides this spring, and were commemorated at different stages of development by state leaders, each highlighting the importance of these projects.
At Greywolf Elementary in Sequim, Congressman Derek Kilmer and State Representative Steve Tharinger commended the installation of classrooms and emphasized the potential of CLT to foster rural job growth. “Today we watch as new classrooms are built for our kids out of innovative material that can secure a better future for those kids and for our community,” stated Kilmer. Representative Tharinger added that the “classrooms demonstrate how we can meet schools’ growing demand for classrooms by providing better, more permanent structures that are also made from sustainable, local, innovative wood products.”
At a ribbon cutting ceremony in Mount Vernon at Jefferson Elementary, Governor Jay Inslee pointed to the CLT classrooms as, “part of the creative approach we need to address the interconnected challenges we face in Washington.”
While honoring construction at Maple Elementary in Seattle, Commissioner of Public Lands, Hilary Franz, noted, “When produced from responsibly-harvested trees, CLT creates jobs in rural economies, supports healthy forests, gives architects and builders a beautiful new building material and can provide our kids with inspiring new spaces for learning.”
State Representatives Gina McCabe and Norm Johnson also spoke to the innovation of CLT to support environment and community. At the ribbon cutting ceremony at Adams Elementary in Wapato, Representative McCabe stated, “We are going to keep moving forward and put efforts in, so that the next generation is able to succeed and to lead.” Representative Johnson has added, “It’s a great project for our economy, our environment and our kids.” Construction of all classrooms will be complete for the 2017-18 school year.