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StructureCraft Technical Highlight

25 June 2024

Technical highlight: the Centre for Excellence at KF Aerospace, featuring queen-posted mass timber spanning 60 feet.

The aerospace museum is shaped like a plane, with two ‘hangars’ flanking a central two-story hub space. The roof panel trusses of the hub structure consist of a dowel-laminated timber top chord, two steel queen-posts and a tension cable. Curvature was achieved by letting the DLT panels ‘sag’ over two middle supported jigs (and we had 4 carpenters standing at each end!), before installing the cable and locking the curvature in place by tensioning the cables.

The floor of the hub uses an innovative timber-concrete composite queen-post truss floor system, clear-spanning 45’ and controlling deflections and vibrations.

Client: KF Aerospace, Kelowna
Architect: Meiklejohn Architects Inc
Contractor: Sawchuk Developments Co. Ltd.
Our Service: Structural engineer of record (full structure), sourcing & installation (timber & steel superstructure)

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