Cathedral of Christ the Light Tour: A Case Study Brought to Life

2014-06-16 13.33.11 (1)Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cathedral of Christ the Light
2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA

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 3 CES LUs


Presented by Woodworks

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. A total of 724 closely spaced glulam “louver” members interconnect and provide lateral bracing for inner rib members. Through the use of advanced seismic techniques, including base isolation, the structure has been designed to withstand a 1,000-year earthquake. This combined workshop and tour will give participants an in-depth understanding of the design, coordination, fabrication and construction of this unique project. The project architect, engineer, general contractor and timber-frame subcontractor will walk attendees through both the design process and the building itself, addressing topics such as acoustics, functionality and innovative detailing. A panel discussion with the speakers will help the audience understand how custom fabricated timber elements can be successfully used in a project.

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About the Presenters:

David M. Diamond, AIA
Senior Technical Designer for Cathedral of Christ the Light
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,

Eric Long, P.E., S.E., LEED AP, M. ASCE
Senior Structural Engineer
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP,

Paul Gilham, P.E,, S.E.
Vice President and Chief Engineer
Western Wood Structures, Inc

Todd Mercer, LEED AP
Project Director for the Cathedral of Christ the Light
Webcor Builders

Learning Objectives:

1. Discover how large timber elements can be incorporated into an exposed structural system to achieve acoustic requirements and striking appeal.
2. Consider how preconceptions about wood and fire can be overcome by applying fire engineering principles with the use of timber elements, even in the design of large assemply spaces.
3. Understand the wood structural system used to accommodate the extreme seismic condition.
4. Discuss the process associated with the Cathedral of Christ the Light project, highlighting topics such as building functionality, fabrication, community impact, permit approvals, inspection and budgeting.


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