Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2018.


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Reynaud Serrette


Santa Clara University’s new law building, Charney Hall, was constructed in 2018 using steel and concrete, but was redesigned by this team using Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and Glue- Laminated Timber (glulams). Charney Hall is a non-symmetric, incongruent structure with large open rooms up to 6,000 square feet. Glulams are made of several parallel planks of wood glued together with structural epoxy to obtain higher strength in the longitudinal direction. CLT panels are similar to glulams, but the longitudinal grains of wood planks are oriented in perpendicular layers in order to increase strength along the weak and strong axes of the member. These engineered wood products capture the strength and longevity of steel and concrete while lowering the environmental impact during the manufacturing and construction process, so the purpose of this design was to show the applicability of these materials in the United States. The completion of this design required an understanding of product information and material properties provided by manufacturers such as Structurlam along with an understanding of the fire, seismic, and safety research that a few organizations, such as Portland and Oregon State Universities, have conducted. This structural redesign included the design of the gravity system by way of the glulam beams and columns and the CLT floor diaphragms. It also included the design of CLT shear walls for the lateral system and a few poignant connection designs.