David Brower Center

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After more than 25 years, Earth Island Institute (EII), a non-profit incubator for startup non-profits has a permanent home and the David Brower Center is born. Brower, a vocal and lifelong advocate for the preservation of the environment and founder of the EII, now has a building befitting of his legacy. Located in the center of Berkeley, California and built to meet LEED Platinum certification, the Brower Center utilizes the Plyboo amber edge grain for the entry area and extensively in the theater where it was used on the walls for both a visual effect as well as part of an acoustic wall system.

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Berkeley, California
Daniel Solomon Design Partners
Amber Edge Grain Plywood
LEED Credits: 
Possible LEED Credits: IEQc4.4: Low Emitting Materials MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials MRc7: Certified Wood CA Section 01350: Passed Other: No added urea formaldehyde

Physical / Mechanical Properties - Edge Grain Bamboo Plywood


3/4” x 48” x 96” - 19mm x 1219mm x 2438mm (*mm tolerance ± .5mm thickness)


Single-ply, cross core construction.

Working with Plyboo:

A work sheet is provided with each panel containing useful tips and information and is also available on our website at www.plyboo.com/downloads

ASTM E84: Surface Burning

Class C

ASTM D1037 Dimensional Stability:

  • Linear Expansion: Parallel -0.04% / Perpendicular -0.10%)
  • Thickness Swell: -0.13%
  • Screw Hold (face /back /edge 1/edge 2):
  • 261 lbs. / 233 lbs. / 513 lbs. / 636 lbs. average

ASTM D4442: Moisture Content:

6-9% average

ASTM D5116-06: Organic Emissions
[CA Section 01350]:

Classroom scenario / Office scenario: Pass / Pass