Office building penthouse got an unexpected outfit of Metsä Wood’s Kerto® LVL

Designing and constructing the One Main wooden interior in Boston, USA is a showcase for an untypical use of Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber). The entity of wavy wooden surfaces is built entirely from cross-bonded Kerto LVL panels that are usually used in structural components.

The project’s principal architect Mark Goulthorpe from dECOi Architects, and a professor at nearby MIT, offered a proposal with greatly streamlined building methodology, where the usual multi-trade, multi-component legacy of late-industrial production was surpassed in a unitary CAD-CAM logic.

“One Main makes evident that radically sustainable architecture needn’t be dull, but on the contrary could open up the building industry to remarkable new formal sophistication,” Mark Goulthorpe says.​
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Architect Fabienne Bulle has been working enthusiastically with wood since her time in architecture school. Now she wants to share the story of how she "discovered" Kerto® LVL.

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​Leading professionals who share our passion for engineered wood, specifically Kerto® LVL (laminated veneer lumber), have their say in the Talking Wood videos. Each expert talks about a subject close to the speakers’ heart. If you’d like to share your story, please contact us.

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Fast construction with prefabricated wood elements

Fast construction with prefabricated wood elements ​Using wood elements allows faster building turnaround. This leads to more profitable construction projects and shorter investment payback times. The pace of construction is kept at the desired level, because prefabrication reduces some of the most common risks at construction sites. 

Utilizing prefabricated wood elements is a surprisingly fast option for on-site construction. For example, up to 1500 m2 of Kerto® LVL (Laminated Veneer Lumber) roof panels can be assembled within a single working day. 
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Reference cases show what has been done with wood

Reference cases with our construction, industrial and distribution customers

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At Metsä Wood, we demand more – both of ourselves and our customers. Because excellence is never achieved by settling for the mediocre. Our success is based on our commitment, reliability and quality.

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Finnwood structural calculation software

Finnwood structural design software

​Simple and easy to use, Finnwood structural calculation software performs calculations for individual beams and columns made of Kerto® LVL and other Metsä Wood products. A user-friendly interface makes designing structural members fast, efficient and effective.

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Did you know that the cold Northern climate actually improves wood quality?

Sustainable Nordic Wood from sustainably managed forests

​As the climate is cold, trees grow slowly and this is why the wood fibres become dense, making the wood particularly strong but light, and visually consistent.

The wood we use at Metsä Wood comes from sustainably managed Nordic forests.

Benefits of sustainable Nordic wood

  • Strong - Tight grains
  • Light weight
  • Homogenous appearance
  • Natural aesthetics
  • Excellent acoustics
  • Minimal thermal expansion

Nordic wood is sustainable

  • 100% traceable origin
  • 100% from sustainably managed forests
  • 100% renewable: 4 new saplings planted for every tree harvested to ensure a continuous forest growth.
  • CO2 absorbed during entire lifecycle
  • Reliable supply: Our owners have 5 million hectares of forests covering half of the privately owned forests in Finland.

Laminated veneer lumber Kerto® LVL

Values guide Metsä Group's operations 

Incredibly strong and dimensionally stable timber beam

Metsä Wood's Kerto® LVL is a laminated veneer lumber product used in all types of construction projects, from new buildings to renovation and repair. Kerto is incredibly strong and dimensionally stable. Kerto delivers its high strength from the homogeneous bonded structure.

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Industrial efficiency

The two word strategy

In an increasingly responsible world, wood gains in importance every day. Metsä Wood wants to play a crucial part in the development and growth of this global market.

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