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StructureCraft completes work on first mass timber boutique hotel

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The Magdalena Hotel in Austin, Texas is now complete and open to the public.

StructureCraft of Abbotsford, B.C. - a structural engineering and building company specializing in mass timber and customized timber projects - recently completed work on the Magdalena Hotel, the first mass timber boutique hotel in North America.
The Magdalena Hotel in Austin, Texas is now complete and open to the public.
According to StructureCraft: “The first of its kind in North America, Magdalena Hotel consists of three buildings: one 4-storey, one 3-storey and one 2-storey.
“The primary structure for the interior hotel rooms is DLT panels on light wood frame bearing/shear walls. The panels are exposed at the ceiling, creating a warm and welcoming aesthetic in the rooms. Each building has an exterior exposed walkway structure, which is composed of gapped timber panels on Glulam substructure – the wood is exposed on both sides (floor and ceiling). There are several other timber scope elements including DLT elevator and stair shafts, hanging balconies, hybrid timber/steel staircases and a stand-alone porte-cochere at the entrance.”

“StructureCraft, as engineer-builder, joined the project team early as structural engineer for the timber superstructure. We worked closely with Lake Flato Architects through SD, DD and CD phases leading to Building Permit drawings.
“Since our start in 1998, we have become a world leader in timber, constructing projects from North America to China. Our competent team includes professional engineers, drafters, and project managers in the office, and a skilled crew of carpenters in the shop and on site.”

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