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Nels Roselund, SE

South San Gabriel, CA


From: Polhemus, Bill [mailto:BPolhemus(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 8:29 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Glu-Lam "Bents" --> Church Sanctuary


As long as I can remember I have seen these typically two-piece glue-laminated timber “bents” used to support church sanctuary roofs. They typically provide the lateral resistance component for the building as well.


Is there some sort of industry-standard name for this kind of structural element, or type of construction?

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.
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