Round Wood Poles and the 5G Revolution
Learn more about round wood poles and their applications for the telecommunications industry, get answers to frequently asked questions, and understand small cell requirements.Read More
In an upscale neighborhood in Calgary, Alberta, featuring $2 million homes, aesthetics were important for residents who did not want steel guyed structures. The solution was a dozen unguyed, 52-foot-long glulam structures, engineered by our team of experts.
In another Calgary neighborhood, Bell Structural Solutions worked with one of the area’s largest electric transmission providers to replace steel lattice towers with laminated wood structures. Community members wanted structures that would blend in more with nature. Best of all, the switch ended up saving the utility provider more than $1 million.
In the electric utility industry, due to aesthetics, sustainability, cost, and lead time, laminated wood structures are oftentimes preferred over steel.
And now, as businesses express the desire to move towards more environmentally-friendly products, laminated wood structures are also starting to become more prevalent in the telecommunications industry.
But when telecommunications companies are faced with the choice between laminated wood structures and alternative materials, such as steel or concrete: what are the main differences, and how should they choose?
Laminated wood structures are manufactured with multiple layers of wood (either Southern Yellow Pine or Douglas Fir), glued together, designed to handle virtually any load and in any length. They are the only engineered structures that can be climbed with hooks and drilled with standard tools, and they can be made as multi-piece structures for storage, transportation, and installation purposes.
Laminated wood structures boast the versatility and sustainability of wood. They can be easily modified in the field, are ideal for multi-tenant and small cell structures, and can be engineered from 25 to 180 feet.
Laminated Wood Structures are the preferred choice for multi-tenant and small cell towers.Here’s why.
Laminated wood can be used for transmission structures, distribution structures, tangent structures, joint-use structures, telecommunication structures, unguyed angles, unguyed dead ends, guyed angle structures, switch structures, and substation structures.
What’s more: most laminated structures are embedded directly into the ground, which eliminates the need for a concrete foundation and indicates additional cost savings.
Laminated telecom structures also meet ever-increasing land-use requirements that often call for full tension dead end structures, unguyed angles, and engineered structures in which guying is expensive or not an option, according to the APA.