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Building Type: Industrial

Location: Kamiah, Idaho

Completed: 2021

QB Corporation’s Products: Custom BeamsStock Beams.

Additional Information: Principal Architect: Mosaic Architecture
Photography: Quality Contractors LLC and Heidi Long, Longview Studios

QB Corporation’s Glue-Laminated Timber Empowers Sustainable Construction for Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office

QB Corporation’s glue-laminated timber (beams) manufactured for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) transformed the construction of the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office. Learn about the sustainable, cost-effective solution that seamlessly blends with the local community while meeting LEED and Green Globes certification requirements.

QB Corporation’s groundbreaking glue-laminated timber (glulam beams) provided the ideal solution for constructing the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office, defying the notion that mass timber is limited to upscale urban projects. Driven by sustainability and practicality, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) sought an economical building that harmonized with the small community’s scale, materials, and aesthetics. QB Corporation’s precision-engineered glulam beams played a pivotal role in realizing this vision.

Structural Excellence – The Post-and-Beam Design: 

The Supervisor’s Office boasts a visually striking post-and-beam structure crowned by a single gabled roof. To achieve optimal functionality and architectural integrity, the construction relied on glulam beams of varying sizes. The largest beams measured 8-3/4×33 inches, while smaller beams were utilized for shorter spans. To achieve impressive unbraced column heights of up to 20 feet, built-up glulam columns were employed instead of solid members. QB Corporation’s built-up columns combined two 6-3/4×9-inch CNC fabricated glulam members with intermediate steel HSS connectors, strategically spaced 5 feet apart to allow abundant natural light to permeate the space.

Innovative Prefabrication – Streamlined Construction Process: 

The Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office marked QB Corporation’s first project following the implementation of the “All-in-One Glulam Manufacturing and CNC Fabrication” system. This remote construction location proved ideal for leveraging the benefits of prefabricated mass timber. Every glulam beam and column was precisely CNC machined at the QB facility, ensuring seamless integration on-site.

Sustainability Achieved: 

LEED and Green Globes Compliance: As part of the USFS’s commitment to sustainable construction, the Supervisor’s Office aimed to obtain LEED or Green Globes certification. QB Corporation left no stone unturned, taking additional measures to ensure that the glulam beams met the Green Globes rating system requirements. With QB Corporation’s eco-friendly and energy-efficient construction materials, the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office fulfilled the sustainability certification criteria.

QB Corporation’s glue-laminated timber was pivotal in constructing the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests Supervisor’s Office, debunking the myth that mass timber is exclusive to high-end urban developments. With a strong focus on sustainability, cost-effectiveness, and seamless integration with the local community, this project exemplifies QB Corporation’s commitment to innovative construction solutions. The Supervisor’s Office achieved structural excellence by utilizing precision-engineered glulam beams while meeting the requirements for LEED and Green Globes certification. Experience the transformative power of QB Corporation’s sustainable glulam solutions and witness how they redefine the possibilities of modern construction.

Source – Mass Timber Showcases Work of the U.S. Forest Service