A Year in Review…

Nearly three years have passed since my last blog posting.

The truth is we’ve been swamped here at Western Wood Structures but I’m not too busy to make mention of three WWS projects that won
awards in 2018.

Western Wood Structures recently completed construction of a Glulam building in Portland, Oregon, that is used to store potash, a product that is mined in Eastern Canada. It is shipped by rail to Portland where it is reclaimed and stored until ready to be loaded on to ships. Potash is highly corrosive to metal so wood is the ideal building product.

potash-shed-constructionCustom designed and manufactured Glulam Arches are spaced at 24’ centers and clear-span the 174-foot width. The building measures 174’ x 624’ and has a height of 136’ at the peak. The timber frame was engineered, supplied, and installed by WWS. This building received a NW regional award from ENR as best Airport/Transit project of 2018.


The completion of the Foothills National Trail in the state of Washington took about 32 years from start to finish. Foothills National Recreational Trail bridgeWestern Wood Structures engineered and erected a unique timber bridge that connects Pierce County to Buckley. This bridge is on the trail that recently was awarded an outstanding Trail Award by the Washington State Trails Coalition. It is part of a Rails to Trails project and is situated on the site where there was once a railroad trestle.


blue goos convenience store The Blue Goose Market in Lake Oswego, Oregon was a project that was in the planning and development stages for 6 or 7 years. It was recently named Best Original Design by Convenience Store News. The building features exposed Glulam trusses that were fabricated and supplied by WWS.



I will try to keep you better informed in 2019. We have a lot going on these days and a lot to be proud of.