You’ll be shocked to hear that politics were involved. Jeff Manning has the story on OSU’s new School of Forestry building in the Oregonian here:
… The Peavy problem comes after years of efforts by state officials to promote a technology they view as an economic engine for rural Oregon. The state’s timber employment has fallen 62 percent since its 1980s heyday, from about 80,000 to 30,000. In 2015, the state deemed the development of cross-laminated timber buildings “essential” to the state’s economic interests.
The panels were made by DR Johnson, a venerable Douglas County timber company and newly minted CLT manufacturer, whose president, Valerie Johnson, sits on the forestry school’s board of visitors.
OSU officials initially said they knew few details of the DR Johnson contract. It was actually a British Columbia-based subcontractor, StructureCraft, that signed that contract, they noted.
But documents obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive show that StructureCraft had no choice but to hire DR Johnson. Buried deep in a 1,300-page “spec book,” OSU included a requirement that the CLT panels used in Peavy Hall be manufactured within 300 miles of the job site. Only DR Johnson met that requirement. …
Of course Historified Hayward Field is being built by Phil Knight with no state or university oversight and isn’t subject to the Governor’s buy local obsession, so presumably Shlusher’s Schlong will use enough glue to keep the wood up.