Leadership. Innovation. Entrepreneurship. Risk-taking. These characteristics generate advances that “disrupt” markets, as the first article in our series on mass timber illustrated.
There is often a narrative that such innovation only occurs in the private sector, but in Springfield, Oregon, the mayor, superintendent of schools, University of Oregon students and faculty all played a role pushing the proverbial envelope.
The mayor and city are putting up public funds to help reduce the risk and expense of the first parking structure built from mass timber. That’s critical.
They are also working with code officials to embrace the value of experimenting with these new ideas in “green” construction. It is not easy for code officials, as their primary responsibility is to ensure safe structures. They’re on unfamiliar ground.
All of this is part of new product and market development. And Springfield isn’t the lone ranger of mass timber. [Read more…]