The Wood Mechanics Lab is an interdisciplinary teaching and research lab that serves the Building and Construction Technology program, students from more than 30 different programs, and industry partners both nationally and internationally.

Established in the early 1960’s by Dr. Alan Marra and Dr. Bruce Hoadley, the lab originally focused on wood adhesives and wood chemistry. Over the past 20 years, however, the lab has changed focus to structural materials, building components, and bio-based products testing, including non-wood products such as structural bamboo.


  • 2000 sq. ft flexible high-head testing and teaching area with strong floor and 5-ton crane
  • Large-specimen manufacturing, testing and storage
  • 150 kN (33 kip) Material Testing System (MTS) testing machine
  • Lunaire 0.9 m3 (32 ft3) steady-state temperature/humidity conditioning and test chamber
  • Walk-in conditioning chamber
  • Izod impact tester
  • Logic Beach hyperlogger 16-channel mobile data logger
  • Logic Beach minilogger 4-channel mobile data logger
  • IOTech 60-channel data acquisition system
  • Drying ovens
  • Dry kiln
  • MakerBot Replicator 3D printer
  • Shopbot Handibot CNC router
  • 10′ glulam and CLT press
  • Concrete mixer and testing equipment

Faculty Contacts

Peggi Clouston, Associate Professor

Alexander Schreyer, Senior Lecturer