UAS FH Construction Update for 6/13/2014
Aroma Therapy (June 13)
If you have walked down wind of the UAS Freshman Housing project this week, you would have caught the defining fragrance of Yellow Cedar. The Contractor has been installing the framing structure of the entrance canopy consisting on many large glulam wood timbers made from Yellow Cedar.
Yellow Cedar Entrance
Yellow Cedar Column
There are many traits of Yellow Cedar that makes it an excellent material for building and carving. Its fine straight grain makes it strong and dimensionally stable and easy to cut and carve. The wood resin is resistant to weather, fungus and insects making it a building material that will last a long time with little or no maintenance. The Aroma coming from Yellow Cedar is an added pleasantry to those lucky enough to be around when it is freshly cut or milled.
Working Yellow Cedar
These large Yellow Cedar Glulam beams are 8-3/4” wide and 18” deep. These Glulam timbers were fabricated by taking twelve smaller 8-3.4” wide boards and stacking them on top of each other and gluing them all together into one large beam. This method of fabrication makes for a much stronger beam than a single piece of wood of the same size because all of the natural imperfections in wood are more uniformly distributed throughout the beam. Glulam timbers can also be fabricated in larger and longer sizes than solid wood timbers. The glulam timbers used in the Freshman Residential Housing we fabricated by Boise Cascade where you can find more about glulam timbers. http://www.fillerking.com/index.cfm
Yellow Cedar Gluelam