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From wood to wonders
HASSLACHER NORICA TIMBER, from wood to wonders

111 East Grand Office

Des Moines, IA, USA

© StructureCraft
© StructureCraft

The "111 East Grand Office" is the first speculative office building in "Des Moines" for over 10 years and is located in a prominent location right next to the City Hall. The designers of the timber structure, together with Neumann Monson Architects and Ryan Co., designed and implemented a 4-storey solid timber building, which offers enough space for business premises and commercial office space on around 6,000 m². The supporting structure consists of large glulam ceiling elements and a skeleton of glulam beams and supports.

The glulam was produced, machined, steel parts pre fitted and painted with two coats of stain at NORITEC Holzindustrie GmbH. This completely prefabricated timber construction system guarantees faster and easier assembly compared to conventional approaches. The building has been visited by numerous architects and potential investors since its completion and represents a flagship project in North America in terms of the use of visible wood surfaces. An "old" building material is experiencing a kind of renaissance in the form of highly prefabricated engineered wood products, especially in North America. That is precisely why this project was awarded numerous prizes.

Project information
Location: Des Moines, IA, USA
Customer: StructureCraft
Architect: Neumann Monson Architects
Base Building Engineer: Raker Rhodes Engineering
Structural analysis and design: StructureCraft
Builder: Ryan Co.
Year of construction: 2019
Products used: Glued laminated timber out of spruce, with CNC and steel members for connections and varnish