Amherst College

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Plyboo edge grain natural plywood is the key design element in the King Dormitory at Amherst College in Massachusetts. The edge grain natural plywood was used throughout the project including the seating areas, workstations and cabinets in each dormitory room. Amherst is an early adopter of Plyboo bamboo plywood in an educational environment.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
William Rawn Associates, Architects
Natural Edge Grain Plywood
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)


Three-ply, cross core construction.

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A work sheet is provided with each panel containing useful tips and information and is also available on our website at

ASTM E84: Surface Burning

Class C

ASTM D1037 Dimensional Stability:

  • Linear Expansion: Parallel -0.07%, Perpendicular -0.09%
  • Thickness Swell: -0.13%
  • Screw Hold (face / back / edge):
  • 742 lbs. / 831 lbs. / 860 lbs. (avg.)

ASTM D4442: Moisture Content:

6-9% average

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

Classroom scenario / Office scenario: Pass / Pass