First-year students in Northern Maine Community College’s Building Construction Technology program recently visited UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center.


Students toured some of the latest research and development projects involving wood, wood fibers, and composites of wood with various resins.

NM students and instructor Frank Pytlak also learned of the research being performed in conjunction with other advanced building construction materials including wind power and propeller development, innovative techniques for various types of plywood constructions, and new  uses for oriented strand wood products.

Interest developed in the Center with the recent acceptance of Norway Spruce into the Spruce-Pine-Fir (SPF-S) grade within the construction lumber design limits. Personnel from the Center and UMO students tested 1000’s of pieces of the species for various strength qualities. Because of these results, Norway Spruce will now be allowed in floor, wall, and roof construction purposes in the country.

Northern Maine Community College strives to provide unique experiences to its students which includes immersion visits to other locations to learn about research, development and innovation in the industries it serves. To learn more, visit NMCC online at

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