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Mass Timber Has Banks Seeing Green

Mass Timber has Banks Seeing GreenFirst United Bank wanted their new branches in Fredericksburg, Texas, and in Shawnee, Oklahoma, to align with their sustainability initiative. Gensler architects responded with an innovative design and building materials. "Using mass timber was the best way to accomplish those goals," according to project architect Taylor Coleman. He estimates that the build phase was 50% to 60% faster than concrete or steel would have been, and the glulam and CLT "look fantastic, especially the fine-milled exposures," says Coleman. The projects are net zero and will sequester an estimated 190 tons of carbon dioxide. Read more in APA Case Study: Mass Timber Has Banks Seeing Green, Form V135. GET >


Timber-Strong Design Build Competition—November 12, 2019, in Anaheim, CA

Timber-Strong Design Build CompetitionAPA – The Engineered Wood Association, the American Wood Council and Simpson Strong-Tie have partnered with the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) to create the Timber-Strong Design Build Competition. Intended to give university engineering students a real world experience, student teams will prepare a project complete with a preliminary design, material cost estimates, structural calculations and estimated carbon footprint. The competition provides an opportunity for students to experience the full spectrum of designing and building a real project in a team environment. The on-site building portion of the competition will take place at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit on November 12, 2019, at the Disneyland Hotel. LEARN MORE >


Technical Notes V700 and V900: Effects of Large Diameter Horizontal Holes on the Bending and Shear Properties of Glulam and LVL

Revised Technical Publication Form V700New figures have been added to these recent publications that provide an analytical tool for situations where horizontal holes will exceed recommended guidelines for horizontal through-thickness holes.

  • Effect of Large Diameter Horizontal Holes on the Bending and Shear Properties of Glulam, Form V700. GET >
  • Effect of Large Diameter Horizontal Holes on the Bending and Shear Properties of LVL, Form V900. GET >

Technical Topics TT-006: Ceramic Tile Over Wood Structural Panel Floors

This updated publication outlines the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) specifications for wood structural panel floor systems used under ceramic tile finish flooring, tested in accordance with ASTM C627. GET >