A storage shed containing timber harvested from locally sourced ash trees was debuted to the public Friday in the community orchard on East 17th Street.
The ash trees used in the project were harvested mostly from Klasey Park in a preemptive effort to combat the arrival of the Emerald Ash Borer.
The $51,000 project has been nearly two years in the works, according to Parks and Recreation director Gene Maffit.
The building contains storage space and an upstairs classroom that can be utilized for environmental classes.
“We'd like to see the school use it for biology and stuff like that,” Maffit said. “I think it really accents the orchard.”
The building, which was designed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln architecture students and associate professor Jason Griffiths, was built with innovative construction technology that had never before been used in Nebraska.
The building utilizes cross-laminated timber or CLT construction. This material combines and reinforces several layers of lumber to create a strong wood product that is lighter and more versatile than standard building materials.
“It is exciting to see the community get behind a project like this,” said Heather Nobert, Nebraska Forest Service. “It may appear like just another building, but it brought together so many people who are committed to sustainability, community building, and using local resources to get things done.”