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Building with Salvaged Timber

Partners

Langley Investment Partners
R&H Construction

The construction of Redfox Commons started with taking two World War II era warehouses down to their original heavy timber frames. In this process, the wood from an overbuilt mezzanine was deconstructed and salvaged to create a new entry between the two existing structures.

The resulting volume and quality of salvaged lumber was exceptionally high, allowing for the wood to be repurposed for the structural frame, stair treads, and flooring of the new addition. Over 6,500 linear feet of 4x12 inch boards were reclaimed, varying in length from 12-24 feet. Working with the general contractor R&H Construction, the lumber was grouped and catalogued by length. From this stock list, LEVER created a diagram for the placement of the boards within the new entry. 

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The original heavy timber 4x12 inch boards were bundled and catalogued by length.

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Each color on the diagram indicates a different board length to assist the contractor in the selection and placement of salvaged boards.

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Each color on the diagram indicates a different 4x12 inch board length, providing the contractor with a reference point for selecting and placing materials. To ensure the structural integrity of the columns, the team fastened the salvaged 4x12 inch boards onto a new glue-laminated member using large wood screws. This method coined "screw-laminated timber", achieves its strength and durability from the screws that fasten individual dimensional lumber, stacked on edge, into a single structural element. This hybrid approach allows the use of smaller lumber for the primary structure and provides a consistent connection point at the base of each column. 

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Screw-laminated timber columns bring together a mix of original heavy timber and new glue-laminated members to create a durable frame for the new entry. 

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The lumber was refinished using walnut shells in place of sand for a softer finish. 

There are several considerations that come into play when working with salvaged lumber. Before it could be considered for the project, the wood was inspected and graded for structural re-use. In addition, old staples, nails, and screws were removed before milling and planing. Unique to the size and location of this project, the team was able to inspect, catalogue, and mill the salvaged material on site. 

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The new light-filled glass atrium built from salvaged lumber becomes the main entrance and connection between the two buildings.

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The original heavy timber 4x12 inch boards were bundled and catalogued by length.

Each color on the diagram indicates a different board length to assist the contractor in the selection and placement of salvaged boards.

Screw-laminated timber columns bring together a mix of original heavy timber and new glue-laminated members to create a durable frame for the new entry. 

The lumber was refinished using walnut shells in place of sand for a softer finish. 

The new light-filled glass atrium built from salvaged lumber becomes the main entrance and connection between the two buildings.