by Donald Jaenicke, American Institute of Timber Construction and the Southern Pine Council,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 56-57

Document Type: Feature article


For engineers accustomed to working with steel, using large wood beams in structural applications can be an unusual experience. Three Midwestern construction projects�a nature center, a prairie center and a history museum�demonstrate the design considerations that engineers encounter when working with large wood beams. Many designers and engineers working on nature centers and history centers across the U.S. are making use of large, exposed wood roof structures. While building with wood provides a look appropriate for facilities constructed in a natural setting, it also presents unusual design construction in a construction world more used to working with steel. Engineers on three new Midwestern facilities with solid wood structures explain their experiences building wood structures.

Subject Headings: Wood structures | Wood beams | Steel construction | Wood construction | History | Building design | Wood and wood products

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