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'The Advanced Materials & Thermal Sciences Center, with 82,000 square feet of floor space, will house 130 engineers, scientists and staff and, accordingly, the new laboratories will host advanced research and development in emerging technology areas like 3D printing, energetics, thermal sciences, nanotechnology, synthesis, high temperature materials and advanced devices."
Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of the ATC, commenting on the opening said: “This magnificent new facility will be home to many of the innovative technologies that will help shape the future of space payloads, satellites and missile systems.”
"Some architects and engineers say new wood products are making it possible to build wooden structures much taller than had previously been considered safe.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is throwing its weight behind those emerging technologies. Tuesday in Washington, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that his department would put funding toward training architects and engineers in using for taller construction. It’s also creating a monetary prize for projects that demonstrate the new techniques."
"The real advantages of cross-laminated timber don't really show up until you're building something taller," said Corey Griffin, an assistant professor at Portland State University's School of Architecture who studies structural materials.