The European Perspective: Evan Schmidt Journeys through Alpine Country

Last summer, graduate student Evan Schmidt departed for Europe with a cohort of students and faculty from the WSE Department to learn about Europe’s timber products industries, mass timber construction (CLT, glulam, etc.) framework, and related social, environmental, and market factors affecting the continent now and in the future. 

Schmidt currently works on research in the field of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction, and with concurrent assembly of the new Peavy Hall, set to be completed autumn of this year, he has had accessible fieldwork in the comfort of his academic backyard. A dream situation for many. But Schmidt is always looking to improve upon his understanding and felt a lack of varietal perspective on his area of research, which, in a nutshell, encompasses CLT performance under severe conditions like hygrothermal wear and tear. That is where Europe comes into play. Across the sea, for countries like Germany, Austria, or Italy, building with CLT is old hat—they’ve been down that road for more than 20 years, and their distinct building codes have assisted instead of hindered its progression as a viable construction material—a contrast to the United States.   

Read the full story in Evan’s Student Story! For more details on the College of Forestry’s Alpine Europe Faculty-led Program, click here, or contact Kerry Menn.


Completion/Archive Date: 
Tuesday, May 1, 2018