Responsible Building at Pacific Wall Systems, Inc.

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Issue #12247 - February 2020 | Page #73
By Nancy Mansfield

Whether your company is large or small, west coast or east coast, or anywhere in between, there are plenty of opportunities to practice responsible building. Established in 2007 and headquartered in Central Point, Oregon, Pacific Wall Systems is a family-owned enterprise with 80 employees and two manufacturing plants proudly serving Oregon, Washington, and California. Combining more than 150 years of framing experience and 35 years of wall panel manufacturing expertise, we offer integrity, a superior product, and outstanding service from start to finish.

At Pacific Wall Systems, we pride ourselves in using, reusing, and repurposing lumber. We believe in the full circle concept when it comes to utilizing our raw materials. We appreciate lumber as a renewable resource—none of it needs to be wasted. Here’s how we do it:

  • After lumber is cut for a job, leftover “fall off” lumber is cut down and used as blocking or backing on current or future jobs. Pieces that are less than 12” are cut for shipping shoes. Pieces smaller than 6” are donated to the community for personal heat or sent to Biomass, our local energy plant, to be burned into electricity.
  • Leftover plywood scrap and OSB also are used in shipping dunnage (shoes) as well as for “piecing around openings,” which allows us to utilize these smaller pieces.

In short, we are dedicated to using 100% of our lumber material, and contributing 0% to the landfill clog. Compared to wasted raw materials that can result from on-site stick framing, it’s clear that building with wall panels can be the most responsible choice in today’s construction environment.

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