Two University of Arkansas professors are studying how the cross-laminated timber used in the construction of Adohi Hall behaves when it is exposed to moisture. They hope their data can influence a broader use of the construction material in the future.
A massive five-story wooden building is under construction on Fayetteville's Hill Avenue. The structure will function as a high-density, climate controlled storage facility for University of Arkansas Libraries collections. The building's shell is made entirely of spruce cross-laminated timber panels. The mass timber technology, common in Europe, is gaining support in the United States.
The Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas is collaborating with the University of Arkansas’s Forest Resources Center in Monticello on a $250,000 grant project funded by USDA Forest Service Wood Innovations program to source sustainable foundational construction materials to promote forest health.
In his annual State of the University address, University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz reflected back on the instution's accomplishments and looked toward its future as it nears its 150th anniversary. As the number of Arkansans graduating from high school declines, Steinmetz wants to implement strategies to keep enrollment steady at the U of A. The entire address can be viewed here.