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« Photo Credit: Nic Lehoux, courtesy of Bing Thom Architects CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS A trussed glulam structure and steel cables support a galleria roof in British Columbia. MAKING A STATEMENT A Wood’s benefits are seen in projects in Washington, D.C., and Surrey, B.C. BY MICHAEL HEENEY rchitectural theory and process typically are passed down over generations, and changes in the use of building materials such as concrete and steel have seen a slow evolution – from concrete’s use by the ancient Romans to the dominance of steel during the Industrial Revolution. Likewise, wood has seen its own progression in construction, and history has demonstrated its inherent strength in non-residential structures. Today, advances in technology have expanded the options for wood construction. Cross-laminated timber, parallel strand lumber (PSL) and glued laminated timber (glulam) are among the products contributing to a wider range of wood-frame commercial buildings that all meet current building code standards. Engineered products such as these have made wood a viable choice for large-scale buildings such as arenas, hotels, retail venues and lobbies, which require tall walls and large open spaces with minimal intermediate supports – glulam can achieve spans as long as 100 feet and walls up to 20 feet. Not only has wood allowed for these new and innovative uses, but it is the only major building material that grows naturally and is renewable. Additionally, since wood material is composed of approximately 50 percent carbon by dry weight, it provides a physical storage of carbon that was previously in the atmosphere as a greenhouse gas. And with 16 CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 growing pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, wood has become a smart, sustainable option for multiple architects and designers. Two examples of using wood’s benefits to an advantage are Arena Stage, a Washington, D.C., performing arts center, and two atriums in Central City, a large mixed-use project in Surrey, British Columbia. Both received significant recognition for their use of wood. Arena Stage The renovation of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater was the first of its kind to use heavy timber components in Washington. The building features timber columns that support both the roof and a unique glass façade. The building encloses and showcases two significant historic structures, and the iconic roof salutes the Washington Monument. Not only was it built with innova- http://www.CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - January/February 2013

Construction Today - January/February 2013
Case Studies
Best Practices
Business Management
Green Construction
Construction Materials
Consigli Construction – Wat Nawamintararachutis NMR Meditation Center Thai Buddhist Temple
The Michaels Organization – University Student Living
Clark Builders – The Mustard Seed
JC Beal Construction Inc.
Plaza Construction – ENV
Regalia Beach Developers LLC – Regalia
Batson-Cook Construction – SkyHouse Orlando
Billingsley – Cypress Water Dallas
Jon M. Hall Co.
Pratt Homebuilders
John Moriarty and Associates – Charlesview Residences at Brighton Mills
Daikin America – Plant Expansion Project
Morton Buildings
MSI General Corp.
ClearSpan Fabric Structures
TOPCOR Companies LLC
Coatings Unlimited Inc.
Brencal Contractors Inc.
Del’s Construction Co. Inc. – Cambria Production Facility Expansion
Paric Corp.
Archer Western – Consolidated Courts Complex
Tishman Construction
McCarthy Building Cos. – Mercy Hospital Joplin
University of Maryland Medical System – Trauma Center Expansion
Swinerton Builders – San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center
The Lemoine Company – Lafayette General Medical Center expansion
L.F. Driscoll – Temple University
P. Agnes
FIP Construction Inc.
National Lutheran Communities and Services – The Village at Rockville
Carothers Construction Inc. – Special Operations Command South Headquarters
The Hillman Group
Taylor Woodstone
Tooz Construction Inc.
Woolley’s Classic Suites
Structure Tone – Novo Nordisk Inc. North American headquarters
Gilbane Building Co. – Potawatomi Bingo Casino hotel
Pacific Building Group
Denark Construction – Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Events Center
Traylor Bros. Inc.
Bobcat Contracting LLC
Reliable Contracting Co. Inc.
Union County and KemperSports – Galloping Hill Golf Course Clubhouse and Learning Center
E.L. Robinson Engineering
INDOT: 1-69 Corridor
Palmetto Corp
Monroe Tractor
Wood's CRW Corp.
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