CLT Patent

QUICK FACTS+  IT is widely accepted that clt originiated in europe in the 90s+  This patent is from 1923 in Tacoma, washington+  That makes CLT 97 this year If you search the internet and type in "when was CLT invented?" The unanimous answer is the 1990s, in Europe.  But it would appear that in fact, there is more to the story. In 1923, two gentlemen in Tacoma, Washington were granted a patent to a product that can be interpreted as nothing if...

St Peter and Paul Cathedral

QUICK FACTS +  Built from 1883 +  Towers finished in 1901 +  194 feet long +  Bells weigh over 1.5 tons In the capital city of Paramaribo in the country Suriname, located in the north of South America, there stands a cathedral that is one of the biggest wooden structures in the Western Hemisphere. Construction began in 1883, consecrated in 1885, with the towers not being completed until 1901. In 2010 the cathedral underwent a major restoration and was assigned as a minor basilica in 2014.  This structure...

Nara Temple Complex

Time for some history on buildings built out of wood centuries ago. Wood is a very reliable building material and has been utilized for thousands of years. Last month we learned about the Stave Churches in Norway, click here to read more about them.   Today we’re headed across the map to Asia, specifically to Japan. There is a temple in Nara that was once one of the Seven Great Temples and was finished in 752BC. The temple is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list as...

Welcome to the team Alex

Alexandra Hainsworth has joined the SmartLam team in the role of Marketing Specialist. Having worked in as a marketing consultant in Australia for the past decade, working with top tier corporations across multiple fields. With specialties in digital and print marketing as well as events and brand activation, she is a fantastic addition to our team.  We're thrilled to add her to the team to help raise the bar in our marketing and press communications. To get in touch regarding and...

CLT Elevator Shafts

Many of us use elevators every day. And while they may be mundane and taken for granted, for a developer, an architect, or a builder they are neither. An elevator shaft is a critical part of any multi-story building. Not only is it an essential means of vertical conveyance within the building itself, it often serves as a structural backbone and connection point for many of the key structural elements of the building. Elevator shafts are often one of the first...

Norweigan Stave Churches

QUICK FACTS +  Built from the Viking Era (793-1066ad) through roughly 1350 AD +  Notre Dame was finished in 1345 +  Most are 800+ years old +  Norwegian tree prepartion is credited for the longevity  One of the most frequent comments we get in the Mass Timber industry from people just learning about it is “Isn’t a concrete building stronger? Surely wood doesn’t last that long!” Well we are starting a new blog series on some of the oldest wood building still standing, starting today with Stave...