The 2018 USDA Forest Service Wood Innovation Grants have allocated $8 million to 34 projects brought forward by business, university, nonprofit, and tribal organizations in 20 states to stimulate the growth of wood-based technologies and markets. In addition to increasing the health, efficiency, and resilience of US forests, projects were also selected for the use of wood products in innovative ways and promoting economic development in rural communities.
GOA and its affiliate projects have received three of these grants.
"Northern Forests to Timber Cities: Linking Urban Construction Demand to Northern Forest Mass Timber and Harvested Wood Products" works to develop new supply chains and material flows that connect the underutilized supply of New England softwood forests and rural workforce to the region's insatiable demand for dense sustainable urban construction. "Overbuilds with Mass Timber—Building Preservation, Restoration and Growth" is centered around the Acme Lofts project, which restores a historic downtaown masonry and increases its intensity of use with a circulation core and two additional storeys made of mass timber, and extends from our experimentation with a timber rooftop addition on Firehouse 12. "Affordable Housing Opportunities with Mass Timber" uses the 340+ Dixwell project as a precedent and catalyst for the use of mass timber structural systems as a way to create high-quality, healthy affordable housing stock in urban centers while empowering a new regional workforce.