APA Designers Circle: Projects and Practices

APA Designers Circle is an online resource center for architects, engineers, and other members of the commercial building industry, providing timely information, technical resources, continuing education, and recommendations for innovative wood-frame construction. This blog leverages Designers Circle’s wealth of product and design information, offering a look at the latest techniques and best practices for structural wood materials in a variety of projects. Designers Circle is backed by APA – The Engineered Wood Association, with over 80 years of experience helping the building industry create structural wood products and systems of exceptional strength, versatility, and reliability.

Watch the video to hear the developer and engineer describe how a switch to wood framing made this Rialto, California, project more affordable.

Multifamily Housing | November 11, 2016 | Karyn Beebe

When framing estimates for a new apartment complex in Rialto, California, came in too high, a savvy developer decided to have the project value eng...

​Image by Bob Narod

Wood | October 26, 2016 | Mark Halverson

Fast-rising designers Ben Kasdan and Blake Jackson offer candid perspectives from both coasts on the merits—and challenges—of designing with wood a...

Wood | October 13, 2016 | Mark Halverson

Designers choose engineered wood to deliver strength, stability, and a sustainable solution for complex structural designs

Building Materials | August 22, 2016 | Mark Halverson

Temporary Expansion Joints in Large Structures

Energy Efficient Roofing | July 21, 2016 | Mark Halverson

Not all roof and ceiling assemblies are created equal, especially when it comes to energy performance.

July 05, 2016 | Mark Halverson

Stronger building components combined with more intentionally constructed connections can mean the difference between buildings that withstand torn...

Compelling conversations about wood: Engineered wood as expressive design
Wood | December 07, 2015 | Karyn Beebe

This installment features a wide-ranging discussion that reveals how a mix of engineered wood products lend themselves to expressive design — and w...

Schooling the visitor

The large CLT roof overhang is supported in part by 15-foot-tall concrete letters spelling “W-S-U” just outside of the high-ceilinged pavilion.

Wood | November 20, 2015 | Mark Halverson

Exposed glulam and other engineered wood products help WSU tell its technology story

Wood | September 17, 2015 | Karyn Beebe

Architect Greg Mella and APA’s Karyn Beebe have a frank and far-reaching discussion about the tangibles and intangibles of using wood in corrosive...

Multifamily Housing | August 25, 2015 | Mark Halverson

Multifamily housing starts reached 358,000 in 2014, a 16 percent increase over 2013 and the highest total since 2007

Glulam provides aesthetic, structural, and safety solution for Appleton Mills project

Exterior of Appleton Mills at night.

Building Materials | July 29, 2015 | Mark Halverson

The Appleton Mills complex includes 5 million square feet of space, with an original structure built in the 1870s and another building added in 190...

Wood, natural materials, building materials, interiors

A Canadian study showed that wood in interiors was perceived by a majority of subjects as more “warm,” “inviting,” “homey,” and “relaxing” than all other tested materials.

Building Materials | July 24, 2015 | Dana Ohler

The preference for nature has a name: biophilia, which literally means “love of life.” 

Which Is More Efficient: Wood Walls or Steel and Masonry With Continuous Insulation?
Energy Efficiency | June 30, 2015 | Mark Halverson

By nature, wood has nearly four times the thermal resistance of steel or masonry

Exposed glulam framework offers quiet complement to Jackson Hole airport’s mountain backdrop
Wood | June 05, 2015 | Mark Halverson

A three-phase expansion and renovation, which began in 2009, nearly doubled the size of the aviation hub; the only one located in a national park...

January 02, 2015 | Mark Halverson

For commercial architects facing increasing pressure to design innovative structures while simultaneously cutting costs and accommodating tight dea...

Winfield Gate Luxury Townhomes, Houston. Photo: APA

Multifamily Housing | December 30, 2014 | Mark Halverson

For commercial architects facing increasing pressure to design innovative structures while simultaneously cutting costs and accommodating tight dea...

Photo: APAThe Engineered Wood Association

Architects | December 05, 2014 | Karyn Beebe

As wood-frame construction is continuously evolving, designers in many parts of the U.S. are optimizing design solutions that require the understan...

Photo: APAThe Engineered Wood Association

Structural Materials | November 19, 2014 | Mark Halverson

The Audrain Building on Newport’s celebrated Bellevue Avenue was designed by New York architect Bruce Price in the early 1900s with intricate exter...

In several recent projects, use of wood building materials has yielded cost reductions and faster installation, resulting in significant economic savings. For the Galt Place affordable senior housing complex in Galt, Calif., for example, designers estimate they saved more than $1 million through lower material costs combined with soft-cost savings from faster construction, easier handling, and fewer trades on site. Photo: APA-The Engineered Wood Association

Architects | November 05, 2014 | Karyn Beebe

Wood podium construction takes an age-old material and moves it into the 21st century. 

For the Kelowna project, the team used seven-ply CLT from Structurlam Products Ltd. for the floor systems and five-ply CLT for the roof. Unlike the thicker floor build-up of a wood or steel joist system, the seven-layer panels are only 9-1/2 inches thick, similar to the thickness of concrete. Photo: APA

Architects | October 13, 2014 | Mark Halverson

When he set out to design his company’s new headquarters building on Lakeshore Road in scenic Kelowna, B.C., Tim McLennan of Faction Projects knew...

Insulated three-stud corners provide more space for cavity insulation, boosting the structures energy efficiency. Illustration: APA

Architects | October 07, 2014 | Mark Halverson

As architects continue to search for ways to improve building efficiencies, more and more are turning to advanced framing methods, particularly for...

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