The Tenacity of Termites Part II: They Can’t Eat through Steel

Posted by Chuck Lysaght on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 17:36

Even after forty years in the business, it is still a thrill to go to a job site and find that the contractor has done an outstanding job of implementing our structural design.

Our August 2013 blog discussed this project and the repairs to be implemented by Glue-Lam Erectors. We have worked with them for over twenty years on more than twenty laminated wood (glulam) repair projects, and always with excellent results. The crew, headed by Rory Wray, drove down from Indianapolis to Arkansas (good glulam repair contractors are hard to find) in early December to start the repairs and Rory’s partner Kyle Hemminger asked us down for a structural review of their work on 12/18/13.

Now that the repairs are complete and the church is safe, it will reopen as soon as new wood covers are installed to hide the steel plates and bolts. The church is even thinking of painting the steel so that it blends in with the glulam, rather than covering it.

If you have a moment, take a look at the site pictures and compare them to the structural drawings from our August 2013 blog.