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Centennial Research Facility

Addressing Critical Needs


The USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has been an international leader in forest products research for nearly a century. But while FPL's research projects have evolved to meet the needs of modern society, much of the work is being conducted in outdated facilities.

As a result, a multi-use laboratory (MUL) has been designed to address critical needs in these major areas:


Secure Safety - FPL's preservation research is currently conducted in a central area of the main building, which also houses most of the administrative functions of the Lab. A lack of efficient ventilation of fumes, as well as pedestrian traffic flowing directly through large pieces of testing equipment, are potential safety concerns that will be eliminated in the new multi-use laboratory.

Humidity Room Mainfloor Facilities - Insufficient electrical and structural capacities, the lack of temperature and humidity control, and space limitations and lack of material handling capabilities severely inhibit the efficiency of many research projects. The buildings now housing these projects were not constructed with research in mind; in fact, composites research is currently performed in buildings constructed in the 1930's that were intended to serve as temporary structures.

Preservation Scientific Capabilities - The multi-use laboratory will enable FPL researchers to bring their projects to the forefront of forest products research. Researchers in engineering mechanics will be able to test the strength of full-scale structures, durability researchers will put wood products to the test in a weather simulation chamber, state-of-the-art preservation equipment will replace the 75-year-old vessels currently in use, and new equipment and an efficient, manufacturing-friendly floor plan will advance research in wood- and bio-composites.