The future material of multi-story commercial and residential building has arrived. It’s as strong as steel, and is 100% renewable.
DOWCO is a full-breadth mass timber detailer, equipped to support developers, specifiers, and builder clients with the full range of mass timber preconstruction solutions.
Mass timber supports great design, efficient construction, comfortable living, and environmental responsibility, all while providing phenomenal long-term investment returns for building developers and owners.
No matter the project stage or specification needs, we are equipped to add value to mass timber projects. Learn more about how Dowco's mass timber modelling and detailing expertise and how we can support your next project.
Dowco can provide complete detailing and drafting services. 3D modeling software is used to virtually create each building before any components are manufactured and the building is constructed. This allows our detailers to detect potential challenges and problems early, ensuring seamless and streamlined installation on site. Beginning with 2D architectural and structural drawings, Dowco develops an accurate digital model which includes all Glued Laminated Timber (Glulam), Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), steel connections and associated hardware. Using Dowco’s digital models, we generate the shop drawings for CLT panels, Glulam and steel connectors. Digital files can be sent to CNC machines for fabrication. The model created by Dowco is used early on in the project to generate material lists (down to the number of screws) for the efficient purchasing of all timber, steel and hardware components.View Brochure
CLT is the name for Cross Laminate Timber which is an engineered wood panel product made of multiple layers of kiln dried dimension lumber or structural composite lumber (SCL) billets.
Primarily used for floors, roofs and walls. CLT panels come in different sizes and strengths and have properties similar to a concrete slab. Dowco includes the detailing of CLT in all Mass Timber models for ease of fabrication, shipping and erection.
CLT panels are fabricated in specialized mills, cut to size and precisely machined with openings for windows, doors, stairwells using computer numerical control (CNC) routers prior to shipping to the construction site. Dowco Mass Timber detailers understand the critical importance of accurate CLT BIM modeling and detailing.
Glued Laminated Timber, or Glulam, is a type of structural timber product that is made by gluing together layers of wood (laminates) to create large, strong, and durable beams and columns. Glulam is often used in construction as an alternative to steel or concrete, and is known for its versatility, strength, and aesthetic appeal. Due to it's strength and ability to span long distances, Glulam is gaining popularity in the construction of commercial buildings, roofs, bridges, and other large structures. Glulam is also often used in exposed applications, such as in the construction of timber frame buildings, where its natural beauty is on display.Because it is strong, durable, and versatile, glulam is well-suited for use in a wide range of building types and applications. Some common examples of glulam buildings include:
Dowco specializes in creating digital models of glulam structures using BIM (Building Information Modeling) software such as Tekla and Cadwork. The models can be used for a variety of purposes, including design, analysis, visualization, and of course to generate drawings for construction. Dowco provides Glulam modeling services to architects, engineers, suppliers and contractors. Our scope is to create accurate and detailed models of glulam structures, and detailed design and fabrication drawings for Mass Timber projects.