Gluelam, Why we use it…
Glue-laminated beams and arches are made using layers of wood which are laminated together to form large elements that can span great distances. These then are installed as a structural system of the building.
There are a few options to construct buildings which have big, open areas with long roof spans; steel construction, wood construction with wood room trusses, heavy timber (post and beam) construction, or Glue-Lamintaed beam construction.
Glue-laminated construction offered the benefits of
a.) ability to span across the entire building without columns,
b.) does not rust of corrode in a humid environment
c.) allows for tall, open ceiling space up to the roof
d.) reduces the embodied carbon of a building as it uses less energy to “make” wood verses steel or concrete
e.) Is reasonable 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 asthetics and cost.
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.