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Dec. 22, 2023

MSU researchers explore emerging market for mass timber in Michigan

Mass timber, engineered wood known for its strength and sustainability, has been used inside and outside of Michigan more frequently over the past decade to build and design large buildings.

To see the future of how buildings are constructed in both Michigan and the U.S., you don’t have to travel far from Michigan State University. In fact, visit its campus and check out the newly built STEM Teaching and Learning Facility.

Opened in 2021 on the corner of North Shaw Lane and Red Cedar Road next to Spartan Stadium, the building represents a new wave of construction that’s becoming more popular throughout the country.

Mass timber buildings can go up quickly and efficiently, and they typically have a lower carbon footprint than comparable large structures built with traditional materials. As more buildings have gone up, more people have taken notice.

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