At Four Western Stadiums, Wood Comes Out on Top

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 7, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Feature article


In recent years, several long-span timber roofs have been constructed atop large arenas and stadiums in the Western states. The choice of glued-laminated timber offers designers good economy, rugged appearance, and structural versatility. Four structures recently completed or under construction are depicted in words and photos in this article: the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash., the University of the Pacific Activities Center in Stockton, Cal., the renovated Portland Civic Stadium in Portland, Ore., and the University of Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium in Laramie, Wyoming. Structural systems for these roofs, varying from computer-designed domes to beam and truss systems, are discussed, and a box describes the design competition held for the Tacoma Dome.

Subject Headings: Structural systems | Stadiums and sport facilities | Domes (structure) | Wood and wood products | Roofs | Colleges and universities | Wood structures

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