Mass General, Lunder Building

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Healthcare facilities are moving to a new philosophy of fostering wellness by providing a natural feeling environment to promote patient healing. To achieve this goal Plyboo edge grain amber was selected to create a warm, soothing element in the design.

Plyboo was used extensively in the patient recovery rooms, waiting and reception areas as a wall treatment and for shelving and storage units. Durability, indoor air quality and sustainability were key factors in the selection of the material. FSC and Formaldehyde-free certification were also important contributors to this LEED Gold building.

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Boston, Massachusetts
Amber Edge Grain Bamboo Plywood: reception, patient recover rooms, seating and wall panels
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


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


Three-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

ASTM E84: Surface Burning

Class C

ASTM D1037 Dimensional Stability:

  • Linear Expansion: Parallel -0.07% / Perpendicular -0.09%)
  • Thickness Swell: -0.39%
  • Screw Hold (face /back /edge 1/edge 2):
  • 1,009 lbs. / 681 lbs. / 361 lbs. / 670 lbs. average

ASTM D4442: Moisture Content:

6-9% average

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

Classroom scenario / Office scenario: Pass / Pass