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.

Brentwood Country Club

Located in a residential area of west Los Angeles and just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, the Brentwood Country Club is home to a challenging 18-hole golf course. When the course superintendent determined that new bridges were needed to cross some ravines, their architect contacted Western Wood Structures.

 WWS presented an offer to Brentwood that included: the structural design, supply, and installation of the bridges.  The Brentwood Board accepted our proposal which consisted of: two bridges spanning 30’ and one which is a 3-span bridge measuring 90’ in length. WWS also designed and sub-contracted the concrete drilled piers and caps. WWS supplied and installed the bridges from the timber caps through the rail system.

 To satisfy the owner’s request, the bridges were manufactured from Alaskan Yellow Cedar, a species of wood that is naturally resistant to decay. AYC will get smoother as time progresses and the bridges will turn a natural grey in color.









The Glulam bridge components were pre-fabricated in our fabrication shop which decreased time spent on site.




The bridges were installed in approximately 3 weeks.

George Fox University Bridge

Located within a 15 minute drive of our facility, George Fox University is one of the top ranked Christian universities in the country. Their outstanding reputation for academics and athletic success is well known in this area. The result is record growth and an enrollment that is approaching 4,000 students. […] Read more »

Hamlin Farms

              When the owners of this century old farm in Corvallis, Oregon, decided they needed a shady place to relax after long days harvesting crops, they called the experts at Western Wood Structures. The result was this handsome Glulam patio cover that rises above […] Read more »

Backyard Patio Cover

When the owners of this residence in Tualatin, Oregon decided to remodel their home, their contractor turned to the experts at Western Wood Structures for assistance with the roof system above their backyard patio. The result was this handsome structure which features Glulam trusses with curved top chords.     […] Read more »

Fort Belvoir Suspension Bridge

Accotink Wildlife Refuge is a 1,200 acre property located on the grounds of Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia. Fort Belvoir was originally opened during WWI and is the largest employer in Fairfax County with more employees than even the Pentagon. Over the years it has served as headquarters for […] Read more »

Peaked and Cambered Glulams

Building designers are offered creative ways in which to utilize Glulam in the construction of their buildings. Glulams have been popular over the years because of their versatility in timber construction and because of their aesthetic appeal. The use of Peaked and Cambered Glulams (also known as Pitched and Tapered) […] Read more »

The Bridges at Martis Camp

Martis Camp is a 2,177 acre private luxury community located between Truckee, California and North Lake Tahoe. The community offers a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor seasonal activities to family members of all ages. An 18 hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio is available to members. […] Read more »

Remembering Bob Kennedy

The timber construction industry lost one of its great ones when Bob Kennedy passed away over the summer. Bob was employed as one of our field superintendents. Bob began his career at the young age of 16 under the tutelage of his father Slim Kennedy. They were employed by Tim […] Read more »

Mt. View Drainage Crossing – Testimonial

Every once in a while we receive a nice letter from a customer commending us on the work we have done. I think this one is especially worth sharing. Steve —————————————– Hazen and crew: Completed the 40′ x 18′ bridge assembly today.  Basically 120 man hours with a 3 – […] Read more »