Humboldt Sawmill Sponsors Design and Build Course


“Often the students in the class have no previous construction experience. Reaching design consensus and building something at scale builds the skill and confidence of each student. Students and faculty learn conflict resolution , empathy and that they can achieve more together than individually,” says Professor Clifford.

The Humboldt Sawmill donated dimensional redwood lumber for the Elementary Yard Project, a prototype outdoor classroom that will be displayed on campus and later donated to a local elementary school.

Previously, Humboldt Sawmill has donated redwood to student-led projects at Poly Canyon and Camp Natoma as part of the Design Build course taught by Professor Clifford, as well as for Cal Poly’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy. Solar Decathlon in 2015 led by Professor Sandy Stannard. The “INhouse” featured a redwood shade screen that was both beautiful and functional to help keep the structure cool.

Incorporating real-world materials, such as redwood, into design-build applications is important for architecture, engineering, and construction management students.

“Our college views hands-on building as a valuable part of the learning process that engenders team-building skills and helps prepare students to contribute creatively to the built environment,” says Professor Clifford.

About the Mendocino Family of Companies

The Mendocino family of companies includes Allweather Wood, Humboldt Redwood Company, Humboldt Sawmill Company, Mendocino Forest Products, Mendocino Redwood Company.

In total, Mendocino Companies owns 440,000 acres of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC® C013133) certified forest land, is the largest waterborne wood treatment in the US West, and is the largest producer of redwood lumber in the world. Collectively providing 900 employees and their families with excellent salaries and benefits in rural communities across the western United States. In addition, Mendocino Companies owns and operates a 25 megawatt Cogen biomass plant and the largest wood pellet plant in California.

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SOURCE Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC


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