MassTimber@MSU leverages research, education, outreach, communications, policy, and partnerships to advance sustainable mass timber construction and manufacture in Michigan and the surrounding region. Explore these pages to learn more.


Mass timber buildings are cropping up across North America, along with factories that manufacture these versatile, sustainable, engineered wood building materials. That’s because mass timber offers a compelling suite of benefits. Manufacturing mass timber can play an important role in achieving forest health management goals, contribute to rural economic development, and provide new opportunities in the manufacturing sector. For the architecture, engineering, and construction industry, building with mass timber can reduce project construction times and costs, reduce construction crew sizes and equipment needs, and create beautiful buildings that people love to work, learn, and live in. Made from a renewable resource, mass timber is less carbon-intensive to produce than other common building materials; plus, these wood materials store carbon absorbed by trees, keeping it out of the atmosphere where it would contribute to climate change.  

Michigan State University is at the forefront of efforts to realize these benefits in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. MSU built the state’s first mass timber building – the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility – on the site of the former Shaw Lane Power Plant, adjacent to Spartan Stadium. The two new mass timber wings provide 117,000 square feet of modern teaching labs and collaboration space. 

MassTimber@MSU leverages lessons learned from building the STEM facility, along with research, education, outreach, communications, policy, and partnerships to advance sustainable mass timber construction and manufacture in Michigan and the surrounding region. 

In addition, faculty in the Department of Forestry and School of Planning, Design and Construction are developing mass timber adhesives made from lignin, tools to predict construction costs and timelines for mass timber buildings, and mass timber made from salvaged lumber content in mass timber in service of MassTimber@MSU’s mission.


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Woodworks will be hosting a two-part seminar covering various topics in Mass Timber construction here at Michigan State University! Part one of this detailed seminar will focus on mass timber products like cross laminated timber and part two will cover construction efficiency, codes, and project management. This event will conclude with a tour of the STEM Teaching and Learning Facility hosted by the MassTimber@MSU team.



STEM Teaching and Learning Facility


MSU STEM Facility receives top honors from national construction industry association


The Association of General Contractors has honored Granger Construction for its work on the MSU STEM Teaching and Learning Facility, naming the building the most significant construction project of the year


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Screen Shot 2022-03-22 at 3.24.45 PMMSU STEM Facility Earns WoodWorks Award for Using Mass Timber 

WoodWorks, the non-profit educational arm of the American Wood Products Council, acknowledged the use of mass timber in the Michigan State University STEM building with its 2022 Wood Design Award for Wood in Schools.


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 SandraLupien_headshot2.5.20Sandra Lupien has been featured on Crain’s Detroit Business “Notable Leaders in Sustainability” list!

MassTimber@MSU is thrilled to announce that Sandra Lupien, MPP, MassTimber@MSU director, is featured on Crain's Detroit Business first-ever "Notable Leaders in sustainability" list, nominated by Granger Construction Company.

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