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Heavy Timber Structures: Creating Comfort in Public Spaces

Anthony F. Zaya & Tim Diener

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In the triumvirate of dominant structural building materials—wood, metal, and masonry—each has its advantages, but none are as intertwined with the human spirit as wood. Thirty-five public buildings illustrate how heavy timber framing can address familiar programmatic issues such as structure, economics, aesthetics, and sustainability. Timber framing can also have a positive effect on human emotions and physiology. In addition to being warm to the touch, wood building interiors have been widely proven to reduce blood pressure and heart rate and to speed convalescence in health care facilities. More than 450 photos, plans, and diagrams show how framing from solid timbers to glulams and peeled logs are designed for durability and expressiveness. The finished projects aptly demonstrate what it means not only to shape buildings, but how they shape us.

Size: 12" x 9" | 461 color and b/w photos | 176 pp
ISBN13: 9780764354205

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Rhode Island native Anthony Zaya is president and co-founder of Lancaster County Timber Frames, Inc. He holds a master’s degree in industrial arts and has taught architectural drawing at the secondary and college levels. He has been a designer for Apeco Corporation, freelance writer, consultant to government agencies involved in K-9 work, and contributing editor at Dog Sports Magazine. Tony has been timber framing since 1986 and has published numerous articles on the subject. On Sunday afternoons he rides his vintage 1968 Suzuki Titan motorcycle over the winding roads of Lancaster County. He lives with his wife, Barb Byler, in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Tim Diener has worked in a wide variety of fields, from fine arts to foreign language translation and teaching, manufacturing, and academia. Raised in Southeast Asia, he lived in Germany for many years while a student of Arabic, and taught, translated, wrote, and edited during his several years in Japan. Tim holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in sculpture from Tyler School of Arts of Temple University and a master’s degree in Japanese history from Cornell University.