The Sansin Corporation and Western Archrib, a leader in the design, manufacture, and custom fabrication of glued-laminated (glulam) structural wood systems, announced their products are showcased on the stunning track and field facility, Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene. The open and airy structure is funded by gifts from Penny and Phil Knight and more than 50 other donors. The world-class facility gives athletes an unparalleled stage for competition and training and provides fans with a theater for track and field.
More than 462 Douglas Fir glulam structural wood pieces, sourced by Western Archrib and protected with Sansin’s low-VOC architectural finishes, were used to create 77 unique curves, each containing six pieces of curved wood. There were over one million linear feet of Douglas Fir lumber used in all the glulam pieces – equating to 830.5 laps around a 400-meter track.
“This is an incredible mass timber structure,” said Mark Wigston, Senior Manager of Projects and Technical Services at Western Archrib. “It was a massive undertaking, starting with detailed and solution-minded team collaboration with the design group and trade partners… We were thrilled to partner with Sansin to provide the stunning glulam members for the project. By applying two coats of the Sansin finish in our shop prior to shipment, we were able to ensure the glulam members were protected in transit and in situ during construction.”
“We are proud to be part of this iconic project,” said Caroline March-Long, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sansin. “We worked with the architectural team to develop a coating system that would bring out the character of the glulam pieces, while providing maintainable protection from UV and moisture.”