Structural Wood

Outdoor Accents Expanded

Designed to deliver timeless beauty and tested strength into any outdoor space, the Outdoor Accents line  of connectors and fasteners, from Simpson Strong-Tie, deliver the flexibility to build a wide range of custom outdoor spaces. The newest addition, the APBDW Outdoor Accents decorative post wrap enhances the appearance of post base connections and adds design flair by enclosing them in an offering that fits around most nominal 4x4 and 6x6 post bases. Originally developed for the MPBZ moment post base, the APBDW decorative post wrap accommodates other post bases from Simpson Strong-Tie, including the CBSQ, ABUZ, ABWZ and ABAZ (screw and nail application only). In addition, it can be u

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Outperforming Steel Walls  

Simpson Strong-Tie’s Strong-Wall high-strength wood shearwall (WSWH), is a versatile, high-performance solution for lateral-force resistance in light-frame residential and commercial construction. The code-listed, prefabricated WSWH has a patented design that provides the highest allowable loads for a wide variety of applications. And unlike other shear walls, the high-strength WSWH is fabricated from a wood-based material that is field trimmable for the ultimate in fit and flexibility at the jobsite. Ideal for providing additional structural strength and lateral-force resistance in areas subject to earthquakes and high winds, the WSWH is code listed to the 2018 IRC/IBC, conforms

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Stabilizes Wood Structures

The MPBZ moment post base is the first product to receive an icc-es code listing for moment resistance. Also the first off-the-shelf product to provide the same for wood columns or posts, it is now code listed under icc-es esr-3050 for its 4 × 4 and 6 × 6 sizes. It is also code listed for uplift, download and lateral resistance. 

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Smile Pavilion a Nod to Hardwood

What does a city that has an eye need? A smile, of course. Designed by Alison Brooks Architects and engineered by Arup as a Landmark Project for the London Design Festival 2016, The Smile is set to transform the way the A/E/C industry views timber as a way to create space, form and structure. The urban pavilion displayed on the quad of the Chelsea College of Art and Design is made using some of the largest ever panels of cross-laminated Tulipwood, and acts a large-scale proof-of-concept of the potential of American hardwood cross-laminated timber (CLT). The pavilion is based on a 50-m radius and it is 34-m long. “We designed the pavilion that takes the form of an arc; it’s a really athletic

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Preserving History

In a dramatic historical renovation, Metsawood was used to restore the oldest swimming pool in Hamburg Kaifu-Bad. The former 1895 structure had been decimated by the wet environment and time, and the protected monument required a material that would preserve traditional construction methods while tolerating salt water and high humidity. “What sounds simple presents unusual challenges for architects,” reports architect Manfred Voss from MRLV. “The salt content 6% is good for humans but bad for steel—a standard solution wasn’t an option.” This required all-wood construction—not even the hardware to join the trusses could be made of metal. The structural engineer, WTM Engineers, devised wood jo

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Grocery Store Goes Au Naturel

The Madison, Wisc.-based Festival Foods Store was looking to provide a more natural environment for its shoppers. The Madison Festival Foods Store features 12 ash columns culled from local parks due to infestation from an invasive and lethal insect. “The partnership between Madison Parks Department, WholeTrees and Festival Foods has been an excellent example of how the city can work in concert with business to benefit both the private and public sector,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. “Festival Foods is graced with incredible pillars of reclaimed ash trees that needed to be removed because of Emerald Ash Borer, and in return the city received a monetary contribution for treating ash trees i

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Developer Earns $1.5M Grant for Timber Tower Design

The USDA Softwood Lumber Board and Binational Softwood Lumber Council U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize competition is helping uncover and fund the best new technologies relating to mass timber construction. One of the two winning entries, dubbed Framework (right), reflects the ethos of farm-to-frame, a way to create a symbiosis between urban development and the region’s agricultural industry. “Being in a wood building is a great experience,” says Thomas Robin, LEVER Architecture and leader of the winning team. “People love to live and work in wood buildings and if we can find a way to create product that’s sustainable, less impactful and a great experience—especially in places where we have res

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