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PROJECT interiors Left. Laminated veneer lumber (LVL) products were chosen for their ability to handle significant changes in temperature and the highly corrosive effect of the humidity, salt water, and chlorinated water. Below. For 115 years, the indoor pool at the Kaifu-Bad swimming complex served as an oasis for water lovers, but by 2009, deteriorating conditions and ailing roof trusses forced staff to close the building. Raising The Roof On Historical Bath House Laminated veneer lumber's renewable and sustainable characteristics handle building changes in temperature and humidity. F or 115 years, the indoor pool at the Kaifu-Bad over long spans, preserve the barrel-shaped vaulted ceil- and steel for some applications. Its renewable and sustain- swimming pool complex served as an oasis for ings, and stay within budget. able characteristics are a big draw for builders and archi- water lovers amid the hustle and bustle of Germa- tects concerned about the carbon footprint of other com- ny's second largest city, Hamburg. But by 2009, deterio- HUMIDITY, CORROSION CHALLENGES rating conditions and ailing roof trusses in the complex's "What sounds simple actually presented unusual chal- Voss and Heidrich selected prefabricated engineered indoor-pool building forced staff to close the facility. De- lenges," said Voss. "The salt water has a salt content of Kerto LVL products for their ability to provide solutions construction and renovation began in November 2011. 6%, which is good for humans but bad for steel. The salt to the challenges of the Kaifu-Bad renovation. The LVL Only this time around, as part of the renovation project, will consequently cause an enormous exposure to corro- product handles significant changes in temperature and one of the pools was converted from an indoor freshwa- sion. We knew from the beginning that a standard solu- the highly corrosive effect of the high humidity, salt water, ter pool into a saltwater bath. tion of steel was not an option," he added. and chlorinated water. mon building materials. This posed a unique challenge for the architect select- Having ruled steel out, Voss and Heidrich turned to In addition, the ability to have all building compo- ed to lead the renovation, Manfred Voss from the archi- Kerto LVL (laminated veneer lumber) from Finnish lum- nents fabricated to precise specifications in the factory tecture firm MRLV, Hamburg. Voss and structural engi- ber company Metsä Wood, Espoo, Finland. Metsä Wood resulted in significant time reductions and budget savings. neer Stefan Heidrich from WTM Engineers, also of USA is located in Ft. Gratiot, MI. What is unique about this build is that even the metal Hamburg, had to come up with a solution that could Wood is an old building material that has been getting joints were replaced with wood solutions. Any metal withstand the salty and humid conditions of the new salt- new life as advancements in engineered products have joints that are still visible only serve as an assembly aid water pool, hold up under significant weight loads and made it a more attractive building solution than concrete and have no static importance. "Using industrially manu- 38 COMMERCI A L A RCHI T EC T URE JUL/AUG 2016

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Commercial Architecture July/August 2016

The Architects
Re-Imagining Detroit
Cigar Factory Embarks On A New Life
Windows & Door Products
Historic Renovation Includes Geothermal
Church Sings Praises Of Condensing Boilers
HVAC & Plumbing Products
Raising The Roof On Historical Bath House
Two Paws Up For Rubber Floors
Interiors Products
Library Blends Stone And Glass
Exteriors Products
Lighting For The Future
Lighting & Electrical Products
High-In-The-Sky Safety
Building Technology Products

Commercial Architecture July/August 2016