Cross Laminated Timber Wooden Aircraft Wing
May 7, 2013 - Innovation in design, the UBCO Fitness centre used cross laminated timber panels that were intended to mimic the cutaway of a 40's era wooden aircraft wing. Innovation didn't stop there as the connectors are fully concealed to ensure a clean, architectural appearance. Nicknamed the "Hangar", this state-of-the-art fitness centre is slated to open in 2014.
North America's tallest wood building being built in Prince George
May 1, 2013 As the snow melts in Prince George, Structurlam is excited to watch as the community becomes famous for building North America's tallest wood structure. The 90-foot-tall six-storey building is possible because of the invention of cross laminated timber. The architects received special dispensation to build up to six stories as Canadian codes currently limit wood buildings to four stories.
Michael Green Architecture (MGA) designed the new home for the University of Northern British Columbia's Masters in Wood Engineering program. The architect has become well known because of a February TED talk promoting the environmental cause for using wood in tall building. The WIDC is all wood except for the metal joinery. Will BC be able to pioneer the techniques and technologies to produce CLT or mass timber buildings, which they have had in Europe for several years, in Asia? Only time will tell!
Read the article: North America's tallest wood building breaks ground
Structurlam producing next-generation CLT access mats for the oil and gas industry
April 25, 2013 Structurlam has been building access mats under the name Rig Mat Systems for the oil and gas industry. Rig mats, access mats and crane mats protect sensitive environments from heavy equipment typically found in northern Alberta and BC worksites. These next-generation oil field mats are made with Structurlam's Crosslam cross laminated timber, providing a stronger, stable surface for the heaviest equipment. CLT access mats are lighter and less costly to transport over long distances.
US CLT Handbook Now Available
The American Wood Council and FPInnovations have collaborated in the creation of the first edition of the US Cross Laminated Timber Handbook for building professionals. This book contains technical information and illustrates CLT applications adapted to current codes and standards.
The multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed CLT Handbook is designed to provide technical information for the design, construction, and implementation of CLT systems, encouraging adoption and selection of wood-based solutions in residential, non-residential, and multi-story construction. The US CLT Handbook is available as a free download at www.masstimber.com or in print for a nominal cost at www.awc.org. This is a must have for professionals interested in building with Cross Laminated Timber.
Largest Application of CLT Technology in Western Canada
As Canada’s oil sands continue to be developed, more and more people come from across the country to seek jobs. No town has seen this growth more than Fort McMurray. As a result the Airport is being expanded.
The Architect firm of Mcfarlane Biggar (officemb.ca) has incorporated cross laminated timber into the design of the new building. Structurlam’s Cross Laminated timber is playing a big role in this expansion. The expansion itself is over three stories tall and 15,000 square meters. Structurlam’s CLT makes up the innovative roof paneling. As well it will be used for spandrel panels which will make up the large fascia around the building and window spandrels. Culminating in what will be a beautiful looking air terminal built in a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way. When completed the Fort McMurray airport expansion will be the largest application of CLT technology in Western Canada.
Structurlam Products Limited wins the first commercial Cross Laminated Timber project in Ontario - the Wayne Gretzky Sport Centre
CrossLam (CLT) panels up to 8´ in width by 40´ in length are used to form the roof structure above glulam beams restored from the original arena where “The Great One” learned to play hockey in his home town of Brantford, Ontario.
The use of CrossLam shaved approximately 3 weeks off the construction schedule, originally designed with 4¨ x 6¨ decking, with overall cost savings. Plus, the combination of glulam beams and the exposed underside of Structurlam's CrossLam panels looks and feels fantastic!
BC forest products industry recognizes innovative wood demonstration projects
Structurlam provided the products for two of three wood demonstration projects that received special recognition this past June. The remarkable, new $5.8 million North Shore Credit Union Environmental Learning Centre (CLT project PDF), an addition to the North Vancouver Outdoor School (NVOS) in Brackendale near Squamish, is constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT). The use of CLT in the Learning Centre demonstrates the strength and stiffness of CLT, proving it to be a valid alternative to concrete and steel, as the panels are lighter, more environmentally-friendly and easier to install. The centre also features a glulam column and beam super-structure made from engineered timbers consisting of wood laminations that are bonded together with strong, waterproof adhesives, creating an ideal structural component. This project also demonstrates the effectiveness of off-site prefabrication using state-of-the-art design/fabrication technologies, such as computer numerically-controlled equipment to ensure absolute precision of structural components.
Value-Added Mills: A Solution for B.C.'s Lumber Industry
Structurlam belongs to "that echelon of companies in the business of producing next-generation wood products; however the company’s origins date back to the early 1960s..." according to the recent issue of BC Business magazine.
See the full article, "Value-Added Mills: A Solution for B.C.'s Lumber Industry", BC Business, Sept 2012
Community Centre Receives WoodWorks Award
Elkford was presented with a Wood WORKS! BC Community Recognition Award for their innovative use and advocacy of wood in the Community Conference Centre building. Elkford News article
Ready to assemble community centre built with Crosslam cross laminated timber
How well does a ready-to-assemble community centre go together? Using cross laminated timber panels, SIPS and glulam beams, Associated Engineering and AHC Construction designed a public building using these environmentally friendly materials that fitted together easily and quickly for a building that beautifully met the Elkford community’s needs.
Read the full article on how to build with CLT and SIPs
Structurlam promotes sustainability and the use of glulam and cross laminated timber (CLT) as part of the BC Trade Mission to South Korea
Bill Downing, the President of Structurlam met with architects and senior members of the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee to discuss sustainability and building Olympic structures with wood, specifically glulam and cross laminated timbers (CLT). This meeting was hosted by Premier Christie Clark and her message was to make these games the most sustainable ever.
While in South Korea, Bill was able to visit the construction site of the Hunest Golf Clubhouse in Hong Cheon Kangnam-do. Not only is this facility one of the largest glulam structures in Asia, but it is spectacular. Designed and engineered almost completely in Korea, Structurlam provided the timber engineering and the glulam beams. Our engineer worked closely with the Korean team and Bill reports “everything went together perfectly”.
Look for “green growth” in South Korea in the near future.
Structurlam at Western US Wood Solutions Fairs
Long Beach, CA, Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Portland, OR, March 13, 2012
Seattle, WA, March 15, 2012
Look for Structurlam's booth in March at the Wood Solutions Fairs, billed as North America’s premier educational forum for non-residential and multi-family wood design. Structurlam is one of only a handful of North American manufacturers of cross laminated timber, and will be excited to present CLT's benefits and features at the fairs.
CLT Project presented at Long Beach Wood Solutions Fair
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
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North America's first commercial application of CLT wall panels, building Elkford Community Centre
For the Long Beach Wood Solutions Fair, cross laminated timber is again the hot topic. Mark Porter MIStructE P.Eng. Struct.Eng. LEED AP of Associated Engineering, along with John Paone from AHC Group, present on their use of Structurlam's cross laminated timber in the Elkford Community Center construction.
AHC Goup provides CLT building consulting and are well versed on the benefits of cross laminated timber: faster build times, and the aesthetic uses of wood versus concrete, particularly in interiors. John foresees more CLT use in public buildings, gymnasiums, and projects that need to be fast tracked. John says CLT has a great potential by replacing cast in place of concrete or structural steel.
Cross Laminated Timber at MIT
March 24, 2012
Cross Laminated Timber and Other Engineered Wood Structures, is a topic at Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture, a 2 day symposium held on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Saturday, March 24 - Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:50-3:35. Simon Smith presents; he is a UK Director of Buildings and Design at Ramboll, UK. Simon teaches at the Cambridge University Faculty of Architecture and has close links with the Engineering Department. He has contributed to research into timber/concrete composite structures and continues to explore further structural uses of timber. He is also a Director, TRADA UK, Principal/Vice-President, HGA.
AHC Group describes Cross Laminated Timber use
to Architectural Institute of BC
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
John Paone of AHC Group presents to the Architectural Institute of BC, Vancouver Island Chapter, on their use of Structurlam's Cross Laminated Timber in the Elkford Community Center construction. This 1,538m2 facility is the first in British Columbia to use tall CLT shear walls. Paone describes why CLT was chosen for use in conjunction with other building systems such as structural insulated panels (SIPs) and glued laminated (glulam) beams.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. at Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street, Victoria. More info on AIBC presentation on CLT
New Standard for Cross Laminated Timber
approved by ANSI
January 6, 2012
Although CLT has been used in Europe for more than a decade, the engineered wood product just recently began garnering attention in North America as a competing material to concrete and steel in non-residential construction. CLT is currently being manufactured by two APA members in Canada with some U.S. manufacturers planning to begin production soon. Click below to access the full article.
Structurlam Opens Office in the East
Structurlam is proud to announce the opening of our office in Toronto, Ontario, serving Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. Structurlam has lead the way in creative heavy timber structures with award winning projects such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Simcoe Wave Deck, and many others.
We are pleased to have Patrick Chouinard represent our organization as the Regional Manager. He brings many years of experience in design and construction of heavy timber structures with a particular forte in customer service.
Structurlam has developed a strong understanding of the Ontario market place and has now invested in providing exceptional personalized service in the region. Please contact Patrick at 647-467-6070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cross Laminated Timber (CrossLam) Projects
With cross laminated timber panels and concrete construction, the UBC Earth Sciences Building is sure to get plenty of attention. This project saw 8' by 37' CrossLam panels taking flight every nine minutes.
The design of the new North Vancouver Outdoor School features a "tree house" concept that includes cross laminated timber roof panels. The CrossLam panels have been delivered to the site and are ready to install.
Production has also started on materials for the Elkford Community Centre in the Kootenays. The centre will feature a unique design of exposed interior cross laminated timber wall panels.
The Best Beams in the Industry Just Got Better
It's what you can't see that makes our beams so beautiful
The clear adhesive Structurlam uses to bond laminated timbers together has just been approved by the Canadian Construction Material Centre (CCMC 13536-L). For the last 7 years Structurlam has been proud to offer the only clear adhesive available in Canada. This came at a premium. Now you can receive the same superior appearance at no additional cost!
Clearly, the best beams in the industry just got better.