Mercer Mass Timber Selected to Provide Sustainable Building Materials for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library

Honoring the 26th president, the library will utilize locally sourced and renewable materials, including mass timber

SPOKANE VALLEY, WA – April 17, 2024 – Mercer Mass Timber, a low-carbon advanced manufacturer of timber building materials and a subsidiary of Mercer International Inc., today announced that it will provide mass timber for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota’s Badlands. This project honors the president’s legacy of conservation by utilizing locally sourced and renewable resources, like mass timber.

In partnership with general contractor, JE Dunn, MMT will provide mass timber design assistance, materials, and coordination and logistics for the project, including the signature roof structure. MMT’s mass timber will contribute to the project’s ambitious sustainability goals, aiming for zero energy, water, emissions and waste.

More than a building – a sustainable journey

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library will sit on 93 acres in Medora, North Dakota, situated near the Burning Hills Amphitheater. The library will be a single-story, large footprint museum building with 93,000 square feet of interior space that includes interactive galleries, community spaces, a cafe, and an auditorium. 

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library goes beyond a traditional museum. Visitors will embark on a journey through a preserved natural landscape, dotted with pavilions for reflection and activity. The library’s location allows for ongoing conservation research while offering a haven for educational walks, leisure, and recreation. Through continued maintenance and cultivation, the site will act as a living laboratory and repository for the Badlands’ unique flora.

“We’re honored to be part of this groundbreaking project, recognized as one of the most sustainable cultural institutions globally,” said Brian Merwin, Senior Vice President of MMT. “The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library exemplifies our commitment to pushing boundaries in sustainable construction.”

Made with mass timber

MMT will be providing nearly 1,800 m3 of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam across the project. The sustainable wood will be used for the library’s structure, including the roof structure in phase one. Phase two will incorporate CLT and glulam in exterior features like a footbridge and canopies sheltering photovoltaic arrays.

“The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library project represents a transition we’re seeing in modern building and architectural design, where community spaces are being constructed with long-term sustainability in mind,” said Nick Milestone, Vice President of Projects and Construction at MMT. “Mass timber is the perfect material fit. Our team will work closely with other project partners to bring this important new landmark to life, on schedule, on budget, and meeting its sustainability goals.”

The first stage of the project will start in April 2024, with the project slated for an opening on July 4, 2026.

You can learn more about the project online at trlibrary.com and MMT’s services at mercermasstimber.com and on LinkedIn.

About Mercer Mass Timber  

Mercer Mass Timber (MMT) is a low-carbon advanced manufacturer of bio-based building materials that empowers communities worldwide to build beautiful, zero-carbon timber buildings. As the largest manufacturer of mass timber in North America, MMT’s people, resources, and technology combine to create built environments that inspire and enable builders, developers, and designers to forge greener, more equitable communities.

MMT is backed by Mercer International, one of the world’s largest market pulp producers.

About Mercer International

Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in Germany, the USA and Canada with consolidated annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes of pulp, 960 million board feet of lumber, 210 thousand cubic meters of cross-laminated timber, 45,000 cubic metres of glulam, 17 million pallets and 150,000 metric tons of wood pellets.

To obtain further information on the company, please visit its website at mercerint.com.

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