Featured Project - Specialtys Cafe

Tapered Open-Web Trusses Provide a Roof with Style

Specialty’s Café serves made-from-scratch breakfasts, lunches and baked goods. Yet this 7,000 square foot dine-in or take-out café provides guests with more than just good food.
“The building is unique from a design standpoint for its use of exposed wood trusses, glass, and steel,” says General Contractor Neil Hardin. “It offers a West-coast type of design creating a unique Midwest look.”
To achieve the sloped roofline, RedBuilt’s tapered Red-H™ open-web trusses with RedLam™ LVL chords were specified. The 13 trusses are 72” deep at one end and 24” at the other. While at the manufacturing plant, additional effort was made to ensure no finger joints were revealed within the chords as the trusses are in an exposed application.
“As a design-build project, you need efficiency,” explains Hardin. “RedBuilt was efficient, accommodating and delivered the product per expectations. The trusses were ready for installation without any customizing. This doesn’t happen often, usually there is something I have to adjust.”
“I’ve gotten other jobs based on this one,” says Hardin. “Other opportunities presented themselves because of our timely construction on this project. Keeping to strict schedules goes a long way in developing credibility and RedBuilt was a key partner in our success.”

Read more about this featured project and see additional photos on the RedBuilt website: Tapered Open-Web Trusses Provide a Roof with Style

Specialtys Cafe

Specialtys Cafe

Project Name: Specialty's Cafe, Oakbrook, Illinois

Gensler Architects
Seattle, WA

General Contractor
Hardin Builders Inc.
Lake Barrington, IL
Structural Engineer
Rocky Structures LLC
Chicago, IL

Kurt Liebich is the “big cheese” of RedBuilt™. He’s worked throughout the organization for years, beginning at the Stayton Plant. Here in the Idaho Business Review, he gives his perspective on the business and his tenure.

A word with Kurt Liebich of RedBuilt



Structure Magazine features
“The 951”

In case you missed the February issue of Structure Magazinelook again. The 951 is an all wood, mixed-use, mid-rise structure just steps from Downtown Boise. The 74,500 square feet building has four stories with the first floor designed for retail space and the upper floors contain 68 apartments.
As an all-wood structure, The 951 contains:
  • 230,300 board feet of dimensional lumber to frame the walls
  • 5,800 sheets of OSB, including wall and roof sheathing, and floor decking
  • 31,200 lineal feet of Red-I™ I-joists, of various depths and series
  • 4,650 cubic feet of engineered wood products, including RedLam™ LVL, PSL and glulam



March Madness! How about
MSR Madness?

What is MSR?
- Machine stressed lumber. 
Why do we care?
- Because all wood isn’t graded the same.
Could this be a cheer at your local basketball court? Probably not. Yet RedBuilt’s own Dwaine Charbonneau uses basketball as a metaphor for understanding the importance of machine graded lumber and the role it plays in the chords of open-web trusses. Get the full story here with MSR Madness

No straps. No worries.

If you’re looking for a way to resist anchorage forces without additional hardware, then RedBuilt™ has the answer. 
RedBuilt™ open-web truss bearing clips now have lateral load capacities. That means you may be able to frame seismic details without using strap ties, which can add costs and complexity to installation. 
Clips may be welded or nailed to bearings. Check out the Technical Bulletin detailing the welded capacities, and nail connections for no-notch clip and extended chords. 
If you have a project where straps are specified, have CMU walls, or need wider on-center spacing of more than 32”, then learn more by contacting your RedBuilt™ Tech Rep.

Updated Sprinkler System Installation Guide

If you have sprinklers going into your next project, check out our updated sprinkler system installation guide. Updates include:
  • Difference between “maximum pipe size” and “pipe size at maximum hanger spacing”
  • Allowable pipe sizes for each detail
  • Loads for seismic bracing details
  • New CPVC pipe details for Red-I™ I-joists

RedBuilt™ near you.

Visit with RedBuilt™ Tech Reps at these upcoming trade show events:
April 26 for WoodWorks in Portland
May 17 for WoodWorks in Oakland

See you soon.

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