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SLB Board Reviews Performance, Approves 2020 Budget at Recent Meeting
The Board of Directors of the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) recently met in Dallas to review program progress, hear expert presentations on partnership and market opportunities, and approve the SLB’s 2020 budget. Members stressed the ongoing need to ensure that the SLB has sufficient funds to protect market gains achieved to date, provide stability for existing programs, and support new initiatives to address gaps that limit the adoption of mass timber in the United States.
Headline year-to-date (YTD) results include:
- The SLB generated 296 million board feet of incremental demand in the third quarter of 2019 and 1,017 billion board feet YTD, a 5% increase year over year.
- WoodWorks has directly converted 261 projects YTD, a 12% increase year over year.
- Nearly 30% of all assistance requests received by WoodWorks YTD have been for buildings five stories or taller, signaling continued strong interest in mass timber.
- Think Wood’s revamped marketing and communications program is delivering on its intent to generate more leads, creating 4,043 net new contacts in Q3 2019 alone.
- Education engagement across all programs has increased by 10% year over year.
The Chair and Board recognized and thanked members whose term comes to an end at the close of 2019:
- Francisco Figueroa, Director and member of the IR&G Committee
- Don Kayne, Director and Chair of the Programs Committee
- Chuck Roady, Director and member of the IR&G Committee
- Alden Robins, Director and Chair of the IR&G Committee
- Ted Seraphim, Director and member of the Finance Committee
- Danny White, Director and member of the Finance Committee
The Board discussed plans for director succession and recommended the 2020 slate of officers:
- Chair: George Emmerson
- First Vice Chair: Kevin Edgson
- Second Vice Chair and Programs Committee Chair: Brian Luoma
- Secretary and IR&G Committee Chair: Caroline Dauzat
- Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair: Fritz Mason
WoodWorks Sells Out Its First Construction Management Training Workshop
WoodWorks’ Mass Timber Construction Management Training Program got off to an exciting start with its inaugural workshop in Seattle. More than 100 construction professionals spent the day learning about topics such as risk analysis, design team interaction, and cost optimization, all aimed at helping them successfully bid and construct mass timber buildings. Interest in the workshop was so high that WoodWorks had to move it to a larger venue, which also sold out. The workshop has already resulted in two new project conversion leads.
WoodWorks developed the training program after observing that contractors who were unfamiliar with mass timber were adding unnecessary contingency and risk management costs to their bids, making wood products seem less competitive.
WoodWorks will continue to host workshops like these across the country in 2020. For more information, click here.