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Wood Use in Schools on the Rise as Education Building Market Expands

Experts project U.S. schools will need to accommodate an additional 2.8 million students by 2024. Meanwhile, the average age of education facilities at every level has increased, and rapidly evolving student needs and technologies are making repairs, renovations and expansions critical for schools striving to remain relevant. As U.S. designers seek to satisfy the needs of a growing student population, Think Wood anticipates an increase in wood schools over the next decade.

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New Mobile App Features Most Popular Hardwood Species

The free Reference Guide application, at, not only includes information about the most abundant American Hardwood Species—availability, physical and working characteristics, strength and mechanical properties, and typical applications of each—it also allows users the ability to compare species being considered for a project.

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Sherwin-Williams® Simplifies Interior Staining Projects with New Minwax® Line, Updated Color Palette and Design Center

The new Minwax Performance Series, an extension of the best-in-class Minwax family of products, includes three innovative staining solutions: Tintable Wood Stain, Fast-Dry Varnish, and Fast-Dry Sanding Sealer. The new line, updated color palette and the ability to tint custom colors are only available at Sherwin-Williams stores and are part of a new interior stain design center.

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Study Finds Flexible Structural Sheathing Under-Designed, Unsafe and Unreliable

A new report finds that manufacturers of flexible structural sheathing overstate their lateral load resistance values by as much as 42 percent. In a study by three independent laboratories—Clemson University, University of Oklahoma and APA – The Engineered Wood Association—five flexible structural sheathing materials available in the marketplace were tested for their wind and seismic lateral load (shear wall) performance. APA published the results in a new Product Advisory: Performance of Flexible Structural Sheathing.

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Takeda Global Headquarters opens in Nihonbashi, Tokyo

To create a global headquarters that expresses Takeda’s core values, while connecting it to the company’s future, Takeda appointed the world-renowned Japanese designer Kashiwa Sato as Creative Director. From the entrance of the building to the reception hall, and on to the areas where people work; as you move through the building, you are met with a series of natural art installations and three-dimensional depictions of 8 Japanese kanji characters. Together, these tell the story of the flow of life.

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Northwest Hardwoods Donates Lumber to Oregon State University’s Forestry Program

“Northwest Hardwoods’ donation will enable us to build a new, engineered wood facility that will inspire students and create a beautiful, inviting and healthy space for them to learn,” Oregon State University College of Forestry acting dean Anthony S. Davis said. “Grown and made in Oregon, the facility will reinforce our status as a place where students go to find innovative solutions to complex challenges, so they can improve our forest landscapes, ecosystems, and communities.”

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Structural Plywood, OSB Exempt from New Formaldehyde Ruling

Composite wood products must meet new federal formaldehyde emissions regulations as of June 1, 2018. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation defines composite wood products as particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), and hardwood (decorative) plywood. These products are required to be certified as compliant with the new regulation, which intends to ensure that all domestic and imported composite wood panels, and the finished products containing them, meet the world’s most stringent standards for formaldehyde emissions.

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Unique wooden roof structure with laminated veneer lumber

Designed to blend into the surrounding scenery, a unique roof construction of the new dining hall is the centrepiece of the regional college in Schwäbisch Gmünd. Visitors see a suspended roof, which is perfectly integrated into the landscape. The unusual roof construction was designed by German Liebel/Architekten and it was constructed using Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL products.

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The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

The EXTECH SKYSHADE 8000® standing seam, translucent canopy system is engineered for long spans, snow loading conditions and to withstand extreme wind loads including in hurricane-prone areas. Photo by Cory Klein

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