Oct 6, 2015 1:11 PM by Associated Press
A Redding lumber company has donated $6 million to Oregon State University to help fund the school's forest science complex.
The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that Sierra Pacific Industries' gift will go toward the construction of the Oregon Forest Science Complex, which will be part of the new Corvallis campus of the OSU College of Forestry.
The $6 million is earmarked for a 20,000-square-foot laboratory for the development of advanced wood products such as cross-laminated timber, a type of engineered wood panel that is replacing steel and concrete in some high-rise buildings.
The new lab will be named the A.A. "Red" Emmerson Advanced Wood Products Laboratory in honor of Sierra Pacific's co-founder. Two of Emmerson's children are OSU graduates.
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