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WEBINAR – A 21st Century Iconic Glulam Structure: Cathedral of Christ the Light

November 11, 2015 – 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm




Join at 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, 12 pm Central, 1 pm Eastern

Architecturally stunning, the Cathedral of Christ the Light features a space-frame structure comprised of a glulam and steel-rod skeleton veiled with a glass skin. Twenty-six, 110-foot glulam Douglas-fir ribs curve to the roof to form the framework for the sanctuary superstructure, while 724 closely spaced glulam “louver” members interconnect and provide lateral bracing for inner ribs. Through the use of advanced seismic techniques, including base isolation, the structure has been designed to withstand a 1,000-year earthquake. This presentation examines the Cathedral’s structural design, specification, fabrication and erection, highlighting the technologies, connections and engineering that made this project one of the most iconic timber structures of the 21st century.


Paul Gilham, Western Wood Structures

Paul is Vice President and Chief Engineer for Western Wood Structures, Inc. where he has worked for 32 years. His responsibilities include designing engineered timber structural systems such as domes, vehicle and pedestrian bridges, storage facilities, arches and trusses. He also provides inspection services and designs repairs for existing timber structures. He earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University and his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Portland State University.

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Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider.

Certificates will be emailed to participants.


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11 November 2015
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.