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The Future of Tall exhibit at the Portland museum near the zoo highlights new CLT and other mass timber products

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - A new building made of cross-laminated timber goes up in Portland. Portland's World Forestry Center has a new exhibit about cross-laminated timber and other newer forms of mass timber, showing now through next summer.

The exhibit, called The Future of Tall, tells of the strength, versatility, construction and installation of mass timber products, which are increasingly being used to build multi-story buildings that are cost-competitive, carbon-efficient, sustainable, and reliable. 

The Future of Tall is on display in the museum's first-floor Special Exhibits Gallery. It incorporates visual display panels, videos and hands-on pieces. There also is a 13-foot mass timber bench that was formerly displayed at the Portland Art Museum.

Mass timber products, including cross-laminated timber or CLT, are made by assembling smaller pieces of lumber or veneer into much larger pieces using adhesives, nails or dowels. Large CLT panels can replace concrete or steel in large buildings, considerably reducing the carbon footprint in construction.

The Future of Tall exhibit was supported by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Lever Architecture.

The World Forestry Center and its 20,000-square-foot Discovery Museum is located near the Oregon Zoo in Washington Park. Visitors can tour other exhibits about forests and trees, take a "wet-free" raft ride, see the forest from a bird's-eye-view, learn about different people who work in the forest, and "travel" to Russia, China, South Africa and Brazil to discover how those regions are utilizing their forests and the challenges they face.

Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors over 62, and $5 for youths aged 3 to 18.

For more information: www.worldforestry.org.

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