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The 18 columns, which are set at 36-foot intervals and range in height from 45 to 60 feet—and each support an average 400,000 pounds of load—are made of Parallam, which Thom describes as “high-tech wood—95 percent recycled Douglas fir chips and five perce

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Originally appeared in Bing Thom’s new Arena Stage
on November 4, 2010
The 18 columns, which are set at 36-foot intervals and range in height from 45 to 60 feet—and each support an average 400,000 pounds of load—are made of Parallam, which Thom describes as “high-tech wood—95 percent recycled Douglas fir chips and five perce
The 18 columns, which are set at 36-foot intervals and range in height from 45 to 60 feet—and each support an average 400,000 pounds of load—are made of Parallam, which Thom describes as “high-tech wood—95 percent recycled Douglas fir chips and five percent glue.” Stainless steel fittings on the columns, says Thom, “hold the weight of the glass in tension.”

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