Setting the Industry's Highest Performance Standards

APA is a leader in the area of glued engineered wood products and construction systems testing and research. The Association’s 42,000-square-foot research center is a state-of-the-art laboratory staffed by experienced engineers, wood scientists and engineering technicians, and equipped with modern research and testing equipment. Research is always linked to carefully evaluated market needs and opportunities and serves as the engineering foundation of the Association’s market support and development programs.

APA's Tacoma Research Center Expansion

Renovation has begun on APA's expansion project for the research laboratory in Tacoma, Washington. This renovation will support significant upgrades to APA's research and testing capabilities to support innovative code and construction provisions for wood structural panels, engineered wood products and mass timber assemblies. Built in 1969, the 42,000-square-foot lab has long been recognized as one of the leading wood research facilities in North America. While the lab has been well maintained and updated over the years, significant structural renovations are needed to address the demand to evaluate full-scale structural assemblies and testing.