On September 20th Katerra welcomed guests to tour our new Spokane Valley cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory. Katerra CEO Michael Marks welcomed over 150 guests, including elected officials WA Governor, Jay Inslee, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, WA Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz, and Traci Couture, District Director for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
Katerra, a technology company redefining the construction industry, today announced the grand opening of North America’s highest volume cross-laminated timber (CLT) factory. Located in Spokane Valley, Wash., the 270,000-square-foot-facility will significantly increase supplies of CLT, a fully renewable structural building material that sequesters carbon for a building’s life and can be used in place of steel and concrete in buildings up to 18 stories.
Katerra Inc.’s Spokane Valley cross-laminated timber manufacturing facility has not yet been fully completed, but the Menlo Park, Calif.-based construction, design, and manufacturing company has already delivered its first order in Spokane after two of its cross-laminated timber products passed product testing early last month.
At Katerra, we believe that mass timber products – specifically Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) – will fundamentally change the way we design, manufacture, and build. We also believe that CLT will become the backbone for future generations of high-performance, low carbon buildings.
Katerra’s goal is to develop world-class advanced building materials and systems, while making them both more widely available and higher quality than ever before. As an integrated, end-to-end building services provider, Katerra is one of the few companies working with CLT comprehensively, spanning R&D, design, sourcing, codes and standards development, manufacturing, and construction.
Our most significant investment in mass timber to date is the advent of our premier CLT factory in Spokane Valley, WA. The new 270,000 square-foot manufacturing facility will not only give an unprecedented opportunity to provide a quality product at high volume in a region embracing wood building; it will also allow Katerra to scale the production of mass timber in the U.S. so the material can be adopted more broadly across the construction industry as a whole.
It has taken almost 20 years for the building industry to widely adopt 3D modelling and espouse BIM processes in the design phase. By comparison, the move to the fabrication of buildings in factories is happening in a blink of an eye.