APA - The Engineered Wood Association


Visible Beauty, Hidden Strength

Glulam has a reputation for being used in striking applications such as vaulted ceilings and other designs with soaring open spaces. In churches, schools, restaurants, and other commercial buildings, glulam is often specified for its beauty as well as its strength. And for good reason; glulam embodies the classic, natural wood appearance that holds a timeless appeal.

Curved Glulam Beams Bring Sense of Grandeur to LeMay Museum

LeMay Car Museum constructionThe country's newest and largest automobile museum opened in Tacoma, Washington on June 2, 2012. The museum is a $60 million, 165,000-square-foot facility created to celebrate America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum’s main hall is essentially a long exhibit floor, almost warehouse-like, but aesthetically enhanced with its wood structure and thoughtful display details. Engineered by Western Wood Structures, the curved roof system was created with 19 glulam frames with 5 1/8-inch glulam purlins spaced 4 feet on center as secondary framing.

LeMay-America's Car MuseumThe glulam beams, crafted by APA Member American Laminators, measure 8 ¾ inches by 52 ½ inches and arc 104 feet over the displays below. Because the roof curves in two directions, each of the 757 roof purlins is unique, with varying compound miter cuts and varying lengths; each purlin hanger has a different skew and slope. One-and-one-eighth-inch fully sanded APA Member Swanson plywood sheathing covers the roof, with ½-inch and 5/8-inch sheets used around corners to meet the 1 1/8-inch thickness requirement while bending around the 17-foot radius of curvature. Waterproof rigid insulation and a metal roof complete the structure. 

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Glulam Arches Create Flowing Shapes For Disney ICE

The Disney ICE rink in Anaheim, California features glulam arches curved to a 75-foot radius to form the ice center's roof system. The saddle-shaped, double-curved design was chosen to create a strong sculptural statement.

Design: Frank O. Gehry & Associates.

Environmental Respect Reflected In Engineered Wood

Recreational Equipment Company, or REI, has been an outdoor enthusiast’s mecca since 1938. Their flagship store made extensive use of environmentally efficient engineered wood products, including glulam, exposed OSB panels and plywood.

Glulam was used for roof trusses, roof purlins, floor beams and columns. According to the project architect, "Glulam provides the most resource-efficient use of wood in a structural application. We also used it for the inherent character of wood, which is correct for the store’s environment."

Architect: Mithun Partners, Inc.

A Rustic Welcome To Wisconsin

The Kenosha Visitor's Information Center greets over 80,000 tourists each year, making it one of the state's busiest information centers. A rustic and open appearance is created using glulams, exposed roof decking and native rock. Six exposed yellow pine glulam trusses span 32 feet, creating a warm and open environment.

Design: P.S.I. Design

Glulams Bring Warmth And Beauty To Custom Home

This custom home located in Washington state enjoys the warmth and beauty of a post-and-beam style construction featuring exposed, architectural-grade glulam beams throughout.