CNC Operator Ian Culligan operates the massive five-axis Biesse robotic milling machine at Timberlab's fabrication plant.
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Firm eager to meet demand for mass timber

Swinerton decided a number of years ago that it wanted to be a significant player in the burgeoning mass-timber market.

Since launching Swinerton Mass Timber, the firm has contributed to delivery of a large number of projects featuring cross-laminated timber, mass plywood and other products. Then, in March, the firm launched Timberlab Inc. as an evolution of Swinerton Mass Timber.

The company’s former equipment rental warehouse in Northeast Portland has become a 23,000-square-foot fabrication facility that includes a custom-made Biesse five-axis computer numerical control (CNC) milling machine capable of handling glued-laminated beams as long as 60 feet.

“We’re a complete design-build firm, doing work nationally on mass-timber structures, and as a subcontractor and vendor to other GCs and owners,” Timberlab President Chris Evans said during a tour of the plant off of Northeast Columbia Boulevard.