Progress continues on the Vesterheim Commons building project
with the installation of the timbers!
The building structure uses mass timber frame construction, and Alamco Wood Products of Albert Lea, Minnesota, manufactured the components. Vesterheim Commons will be only the second building in Iowa to use mass timber components, and the construction pays homage to Norway’s use of renewable timber and its commitment to environmental sustainability.
Earlier this year, representatives from Vesterheim with Snøhetta architects and BNIM and McGough contractors traveled to the Alamco Wood Product facility to learn about the way they fabricate their products. They have an impressive resume of projects, and we’re glad to be included.
Vesterheim staff, trustees, and guests recently gathered at Vesterheim for a Topping Off event and signed a beam that will be placed in Vesterheim Commons. Topping Off is a Scandinavian tradition to acknowledge when the last beam is placed on top of a structure as it is being built.