forest to home

Forterra’s Forest to Home initiative begins with responsibly harvested local timber. Timber is milled and processed into cross-laminated timber, or CLT. This CLT is the structural basis for the modular homes that will be assembled on the 94-acres Darrington Wood Innovation Center campus before being transported, nearly complete, to nearby building sites in Washington state.
The Forest to Home initiative is Forterra’s answer for creating long-term affordable housing, wealth and social equity through home ownership. It brings attainable homes to overburdened communities, creates new jobs for rural timber towns, replaces traditional carbon-intensive building practices and materials and—under a limited equity co-op ownership financial structure—alleviates the initial financial burden for homebuyers and keeps them affordable over the long haul.
Forterra currently has projects under way in Tacoma, Tukwila and Hamilton. These projects will create hundreds of long-term affordable homes and help resist community displacement.
  • Wadajir, Tukwila – 15,000 sf Souq Int’l Marketplace, 100 new cooperatively owned homes – 80 larger 2- and 3-bedroom homes for families
  • Hilltop, Tacoma – 25,000 sf retail and community space, HUB for BIPOC Businesses, 300 new homes – 150 cooperative ownership and 150 rental homes
  • #4 Mine Site, Roslyn – extensive community input that shapes the site plan for the #4 Mine Site through partnership with the Roslyn Planning Advisory Team, the larger community and other community stakeholders
  • Hamilton Center, Hamilton –Hamilton Center master plan was approved in February 2021 and explores construction of 200 homes.

forterra talk forest to home fundamentals

Forterra president and CEO Michelle Connor, along with a team of international experts, explain Forterra’s innovative Forest to Home model.
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“We talk about forests that are managed in ways that maintain the full array of functional capabilities. That means forests that are managed in ways that maintain other values that protect the watersheds, that provide wildlife habitat, that sequester carbon as well as provide wood for building homes.”

-Jerry Franklin, Professor of Ecosystem Analysis, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington


Forterra’s Forest to Home initiative delivers affordable housing from local craftsman and local timber. It’s triple-bottom line of social equity, responsible forest management and economic development made possible by Modular Cross Laminated Timber.


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Watch the timelapse below of the build of the nation’s first “modular home” – made of cross-laminated timber, a sustainable new building material.


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