Sitting next to the Ohio River, the Moerlein Lager House showcases not only brilliant waterfront views, but a magnificent combination of modern architecture and heavy timber construction. The building’s iconic overhangs were made possible by erecting sturdy Glulam beams and installing 2″ x 12″ purlins with roof sheeting to receive sprayed foam insulation. The roof was framed before interior and exterior I-beams were clad with glulam cover beams continuing the juxtaposition of the rustic and modern, past and future architectural language. Rough carpentry was then completed and framing for the soffits and fascia began. Using extra care not to damage the wood during installation, pre-finished tongue and groove decking was installed on exterior overhangs and interior ceilings. This urban Cincinnati site was tight and required material staging across Merium Way and coordination with busy baseball stadium traffic. Most of the erection work was done with heavy equipment operated from lower street levels booming long distances to reach the soffits.
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