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Innovative Mix of Cross Laminated Timber and Glulam For New Facility

The Crossroads, a 52,000-square-foot client and staff reception area, is part of a 300,000-square-foot Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) facility, which is a highly regulated and specialized building used for manufacturing medical device products. The design team chose to use wood for the two-story, open area of The Crossroads, and used steel and concrete for the enclosed spaces in back, which extend into the GMP facility.

Structurally, they were challenged to use a material that would perform well for the long-span deck needed to cover the curved roof. CLT provided the solution.

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You can tell a lot about a company by the way they treat their clients and employees. You can also tell a lot by the way they build their buildings.

Promega, a leading biotechnology firm headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, bills itself as a company of discovery. “That’s their business, biological discovery, and this philosophy of discovery crosses over into everything they do,” said David Rousseau from Archemy Consulting, design consultant for Promega. “For example, they allowed us to design their new client and staff center, called The Crossroads, through a process of discovery—and our decision to use wood was one of those discoveries. In the end, we used glulam beams and cross laminated timber (CLT) to make a statement that this is a special and unusual space.”

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