11.11.2013 – When considering the structural composition of a “wood” building the demands of the architectural and structural requirements often exceed the capabilities of an exclusively wood structural design. That’s where steel comes in. Steel can be incorporated into wood construction when the limits of wood are reached—i.e. strength, stiffness or limiting dimensions based on architectural constraints. It provides the ability to “push” design limits well beyond an all-wood adaptation while respecting the architectural vernacular. Modern wood construction incorporates the use of structural steel in a variety of ways ranging from straps and anchors used to create connections—which provide continuity of internal forces between wood members and between wood members and foundations—to the use of steel framing members or assemblies.