Gluelam, Why we use it…

Glue-laminated beams and arches are made using layers of wood that are laminated together to form large elements that can span great distances.  These are then installed as a structural system of the building.

There are a few options to construct buildings that have big, open areas with long roof spans; steel construction, wood construction with wood roof trusses, heavy timber (post and beam) construction, or Glue-Laminated beam construction.

Benefits of Glue-laminated construction:

a.) The ability to span across the entire building without columns.

b.) They do not rust or corrode in a humid environment.

c.) They allow for tall, open ceiling space up to the roof.

d.) Gluelam reduces the embodied carbon of a building as it uses less energy to “make” wood versus steel or concrete

e.) It is reasonably priced.

f.) They look really nice!

Gluelam, a stress-rated wood material, gives a soft and organic feel to the interior of the building, while also appearing quite strong and substantial.  It appears to be large, heavy timber to the casual eye.

Non-structural studs are used to frame-in the walls of the building under the glue-laminated super-structure.

Using this method of construction answers many functional, aesthetic, and budgetary needs on projects.


Antioch Church of the Brethren was a project where Gluelam was chosen in their sanctuary.  Picked mainly for the aesthetics and cost.

We are happy to talk with you about the benefits of Glue-Laminated construction and if it would be a good fit for your next project.

Currently under construction, The Wellness Center at Sunnyside Communities, has a Gluelam structural system.  Considering the humidity level due to the indoor pool, a desire to have a beautiful interior and keeping within budgetary needs, gluelam was an obvious choice.