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Beauty and the Budget

The word is out regarding engineered wood. Strong. Environmentally responsible. Cost-efficient. Known for its natural warmth and aesthetic appeal. These qualities have inspired the work of LEVER Architecture, the Oregon-based practice with a reputation for using wood in new and

Mass Timber Has Banks Seeing Green

First United Bank wanted its new American offices to align with the bank’s sustainability initiative. Gensler architects responded with an innovative design and building materials.  “The bank wanted buildings that really showed how they were built and related to their

The Largest Cross Laminated Timber Structure in America

America’s largest cross laminated timber (CLT) structure is to be found in the state of Oregon. The new First Tech Federal Credit Union building has a CLT roof, floors and simplified support for the exterior façade, with glulam for the

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.

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.

Scenic Setting for Cross Laminated Timber Office

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.