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David B. McKeever

David B. Mckeever

Research Forester (Volunteer)
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
United States

Phone: 608-231-9365
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Current Research

The construction of new low-rise nonresidential buildings and the remodeling and renovation of existing buildings is an important market for steel, concrete and wood building materials. Nonresidential construction, unlike residential construction where wood captures in excess of 90 percent of all building materials used, is largely dominated by steel and concrete construction. Current research will provide new benchmark information on the use of structural wood products in new nonresidential building construction and for the alteration and renovation of existing buildings in the U.S. and Canada. Buildings of 6 or fewer stories will be evaluated. It will also identify and quantify potential incremental increases in wood use under diffferent scenarios.

Research Interests

  • Wood products consumption in major end use markets
  • Changing use of wood in residential and nonresidential construction
  • Types and amounts of solid waste wood generated
  • Potential recovery of solid waste wood for reuse and recycling


  • Pennsylvania State University, M.S. Forest Resources 1975
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S. Forest Science 1971

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Research Highlights


Nonresidential Building Construction in the United States,

The construction of low-rise nonresidential buildings is an important market for lumber, structural and nonstructural wood panels, and engineere ...


Study Analyzes Construction Trends to Determine Wood's Potential

By analyzing construction trends from 2011, Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory found that the opportunity exists for a ...


Last updated on : 06/13/2018