Curved glulam beams arch over cars at Tacoma’s LeMay Museum

In Tacoma, Wash., the LeMay Museum is settling into its new 165,000-sf home, whose main occupants are an expansive collection of classic automobiles ranging from a 1906 Cadillac Model M to a 1965 Lotus racecar.

November 12, 2012 |

In Tacoma, Wash., the LeMay Museum is settling into its new 165,000-sf home, whose main occupants are an expansive collection of classic automobiles ranging from a 1906 Cadillac Model M to a 1965 Lotus racecar. The nine-acre campus features a roof system made with curved glulam beams that arc more than 100 feet over the cars below. Engineered by Western Wood Structures and crafted by American Laminators, the curved roof system is composed of more than 700 glulam purlins, each cut from varying lengths. Waterproof insulation and a metal-topped roof complete the structure.

APA – The Engineered Wood Association

 

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