by Karen M. Koenig
Construction is underway at StructureCraft on
North America’s first large-scale plant built using
dowel laminated timber. The 50,000-square-foot
facility in Abbotsford, British Columbia, is expected to be completed in August.
Dowel laminated timber (DLT) can be used for
floor, wall, and roof structures. Unlike other struc-
tural timber products, such as CLT (cross-laminat-
ed timber), LVL (laminated veneer lumber), GLT
(glue-laminated timber) and NLT (nail-laminated
timber), DLT does not use glue, nails or other
metal fasteners, the company says. Instead, the
wood panels use hardwood dowels to friction fit
pre-milled boards together on edge.
A variety of profiles can be integrated into the
bottom surface of the DLT panel, StructureCraft
Builders noted. The company said it plans to use
a variety of species, including SPF wood (
spruce-pine-fir), Douglas fir, hemlock, Sitka spruce, and
western red or yellow cedar, to manufacture the
The Delta, B.C.-based StructureCraft said the
New structural timber project being used for 50,000-square-foot facility
in British Columbia.
Largest dowel laminated timber plant
The 50,000-square-foot StructureCraft plant in Abbotsford, British Columbia, is North America’s first large-scale plant
built using dowel laminated timber.