St Helena Gymnasium
LVL fabricated columns and beams
Having extensive experience with all forms of engineered timbers we were approached by FIMMA to assist in the development of a 1,000 sqm high end Gymnasium build. The design called for large section LVL (laminated Veneer Lumber) columns and bracing which all interacted with steel framing.
The LVL required detailed fabrication works to allow for rebated steel plates. The result is a testimony to the aesthetic potential of LVL, especially when sanded of all markings and coated with Dulux Intergrain Ultradeck clear.
LVL and Glulam would be the two most used engineered timbers in the market. LVL is an alternative to Glulam and while there are size and length restrictions, if the design parameters allow, LVL is a feasible option for post and beams structures.
Regarding this project, the larger LVL sections had to be made up to size (600×150, 400×150) by face glueing and screwing them together. In general, LVL is used as for effective but concealed (unseen) applications. Generally used for its strength properties and not aesthetic purposes, in this instance, the architects intent has been met by ensuring no ink markings remain on the product.
We loved this challenging project and look forward to another opportunity to showcase LVL again.