New Leadership

SmartLam Expands in an Uncertain Time for Most Inquiries: [email protected] While other major companies falter amidst uncertainty in lumber and the construction industry following a strange year across these industries, SmartLam North America is growing. SLNA has always been a company full of innovators, with the best and brightest in every aspect of the mass timber industry on their team, from engineering to technology to production to their leadership team.SmartLam has grown that leadership team with the newly appointed CEO and SVP...

Benefits of Southern Yellow Pine

QUICK FACTS + Alabama is #7 in lumber production + Forestry is Alabama's 2nd largest manufacturing industry, ranking #1 in US pulp production, and #3 in paper production + Timber expansion in Alabama outpaces the harvesting + Alabama sports 1,400 tree farms with 2.2 million acres certified under the Tree Farm program + Export of forest products average 1.2 million tons annually + More than 90% of Alabama woodlands are privately owned SmartLam has a manufacturing plant in Dothan, Alabama that produces Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glulam...

CLT Patent

QUICK FACTS +  IT is widely accepted that CLT originated in Europe in the 90s +  This patent is from 1923 in Tacoma, Washington +  That makes CLT 97 this year + Cross-Laminated Timber Patent from the 1920s   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...

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...

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...