Michigan State University is well-positioned as a leader in advancing knowledge of mass timber construction in the United States. In order to fully understand this emerging system, our team consists of researchers from construction management, sustainable biomaterials, forestry, and community and economic development.

This enables us to understand this system from several important perspectives – the manufacturing process of mass timber materials, product improvement through enhanced materials and processes, mass timber material implementation and use in construction, contribution to sustainability goals to include green building certification and circular economy impacts, the use of salvaged materials in mass timber manufacturing, economic development and mass timber business models, sustainable forest management and wood production, and attitudes toward and beliefs about the use of these materials.

The multidisciplinary partnership at MSU is among the first of its kind, and we are very excited to be on the leading edge of this innovative material.