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Re: Side notches in Glulam

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The original design was stylized and the glulams were part of the architectural vision. As for the connections, it was designed to be assembled by carpenters who can drill templates for simpson hardware and sling nail guns, but not much else.  Since a timber framer is involved it opens up the possibility of different techniques which - while troublesome for carpentry subs - are efficient for the timber guys who will send the members through a CNC machining line before they ship to the field.

One thing I've learned from doing most of my work directly for contractors (solving and/or fixing field issues) is that every group has a set of core competencies and if you can design to those parameters the final product will (a) be built better/properly and (b) be less expensive for the contractor to implement. Unsaid is (c) - that they will come back to you in the future for help.

Francis Hsi wrote:
I wonder why would someone use glulam for a small residence with low forces, it doesn't make sense.
I think the client could save more by not using glulam than skim on the connections. Besides why should someone put himself at risk and go against the original design just because the TF wants to save on expansive connectors. By so doing we are digging our own graves.
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