Wood Working

by John Prendergast, Managing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 5, Pg. 56-59

Document Type: Feature article


Engineers may be more accustomed to working with concrete and steel, but for certain projects aesthetics, cost or other considerations may make wood the preferred choice. According to the Americal Institute of Timber Construction, commercial and industrial construction accounts for about 6 billion board ft of the total U.S. production of non-engineered solid lumber (10-15% and for about half of the 250 million board ft of glued-laminated (glulam) wood beams manufactured last year. Aside from their decorative appeal when left exposed, these engineered glulam wood beams can span up to 100 ft or more, with competitive costs for labor and materials. Among recent non-residential projects that have employed engineered wood components are a church dome, a pair of sports facilities in California (one involving significant seismic concerns), and a factory outlet store designed to echo traditional Southwestern architecture.

Subject Headings: Wood beams | Wood and wood products | Laminated materials | Wood construction | Stadiums and sport facilities | Project management | Wood structures

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