DARRINGTON WOOD INNOVATION CENTER
The Darrington Wood Innovation Center (DWIC) is a collaboration between the Town of Darrington, Snohomish County and Forterra. The 62-acre campus will house the next generation of high-tech wood product companies to reinvigorate the wood products industry in the town, county and the Pacific Northwest. The campus creates opportunities and synergies with existing area sawmills and kilns, as well as potential for a small on-site sawmill and kiln, a cross-laminated timber (CLT) plant and a modular fabrication facility.
Cross-laminated timber (CLT) is a value-added wood product that supports the timber economy and can be operated with a priority for supporting long-term forest health and carbon sequestration. Timber is milled and processed into CLT. This CLT can be the structural basis for the modular homes assembled on the Darrington Wood Innovation Center campus before being transported, nearly complete, to building sites.
what are the benefits?
DWIC will create significant, high-quality job growth in mass timber and is a scalable model for rural development and investment. This project will provide the town and neighboring communities of Oso and Arlington with resiliency against further economic distress, providing an economic boost to this region.
- Jobs and Opportunity – DWIC will create full-time employment opportunities – a mix of technical, production line, management and administrative positions.
- Create Affordable Housing – CLT will radically reduce the cost of construction.
- Promote Healthy Forests — through responsible harvest of trees, often as part of thinning projects, the feeder fiber for CLT can foster mature, diverse forests.
- Define a Sustainable and Scalable Model — DWIC partners envision delivering affordable housing made by local craftsman and sourced from local timber. DWIC offers the potential for bringing affordable homes to overburdened communities, creating new jobs for rural timber towns and provides an alternative to traditional carbon-intensive building practices and materials.
Darrington Wood Innovation Center (DWIC) will be home to some of the world’s leading engineered timber and modular housing manufacturing companies.
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