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APA Engineered Wood, Concrete Formwork Case Studies

Portland’s One North Development Connects Vision with Community

The three structures comprising the One North office development surround a 14,000 square foot courtyard, offering open access to the local community. The design focuses on the use of engineered wood (from glulam beams to plywood shear walls) to deliver …

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Santa Barbara Apartments, California, Showcase Value Engineering

The 120-unit, seven-building complex were re-engineered with glulam and wood-framed shear walls to keep framing costs manageable.

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Cathedral of Christ the Light

This massive glulam and glass structure in Oakland, California, was created by engineers usingd innovative computer modelling backed by field tests to achieve the high strength and ductility requirements for a building located less than eight miles from a major fault zone.

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Natural Beauty of Placer River Trail Bridge

Set in the remote Alaskan forest, the 280-foot camelback truss bridge is the longest clear span glulam timber truss bridge in North America. It connects visitors to the remote wilderness. The design by Western Wood Structures was chosen for its natural beauty, cost effectiveness and durability in the harsh climate. As it is close to Spencer Glacier, the bridge had to be constructed high enough to allow any icebergs to float safely underneath without collision.

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Pacific Northwest’s Kelowna Office Building

Faction Projects developed, designed and built their new, 14,000 square-foot office building in Canada’s scenic Kelowna region, British Columbia. Cross-laminated timber was an ideal material with its slim profile, fire resistance ratings, ease of installation and beauty. The building is framed with glulam post and beam, with CLT making up the floor and roof systems.  The resulting three-storey structure is therefore respectful of its surroundings, yet modern in its angles and appearance.

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Gravity Arch Supports San Diego Library

The 504,000-square-foot library in San Diego, California features a concrete gravity arch that is 46-feet tall, 70-feet wide at the base, and tapers to 37-feet wide at the top, with a total volume of 194 cubic yards.

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Engineered Wood Formwork is Cost-Effective, Customizable for Apartment Buildings

Affordability was a primary factor for Rush Commercial when making the concrete forming product selection for the construction of the Pacifica Apartments in Tacoma, Washington. The two-building, 230,000-square-foot apartment complex featured 177 units, two underground parking garages, and required 7,000 …

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Historical Stadium Meets Modern Standards with Overlaid Plywood Forms

A massive renovation project on the University of California, Berkeley campus brought the historic California Memorial Stadium up to modern standards. Built in 1923, the aging facility required renovations and a seismic retrofit to reduce seismic risk while maintaining the …

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Engineered Wood Shapes Washington State History

A massive renovation project on the University of California, Berkeley campus brought the historic California Memorial Stadium up to modern standards.

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What is a ‘life cycle stage’ and how do these link to the environmental assessment of whole buildings?

How do core category rules link with environmental product declarations?

Whose responsibility is it to check that wood products being imported into the EU do not originate from illegally sourced timber supplies?

Does the EUTR require mills to provide any extra documentation for customs entry into the European Union?

Must all plywood and OSB panels carry a CE marking?

What is the definition of a construction product under the CPR?

What is a Declaration of Performance referred to under the Construction Products Regulation?

What is the difference between Structural 1 and Exposure 1?

Does structural panel siding have shear values?

What are mould and mildew, and do they compromise the integrity of engineered wood?

The CE-mark on an APA plywood panel means it conforms to European Standards – but which ones?

I want to use a Rated Sheathing panel for flooring/ roofing application, what info do I need to know?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What extra strength benefits do Structural 1 OSB panels provide over standard Rated Sheathing panels?

Do APA panels give off formaldehyde?

Plywood: Formaldehyde
OSB: Formaldehyde

What is the difference between a touch-sanded panel and sanded panel?

I’d like to know how APA veneer grades match those given in the European standards

How do I correctly gauge the face appearance a plywood Siding panel?

I want to specify an APA panel for concrete formwork – what do I need to know?

Are APA panels tongue and grooved on all four edges?

I am not familiar with the term ‘Sized for Spacing’ – what is its significance?

How are Performance Category and thickness related?

I’d like to know more about a panel’s Span Rating and how it links to thickness.

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is Span Rating on the APA trademark and why is it important?

Plywood: Span rating
OSB: Span rating

What is the difference between Exposure 1 and Exterior plywood panels? What are their appropriate uses?

What are the main OSB panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main plywood panels likely to be available in Europe?

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for OSB panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986 and EN 300

What are the main European standards that I would need to be aware of for plywood panels?

The main standards are: EN 13986, EN 636, EN 314, EN 635-3