Project of the Month

Mass Timber & Sansin Team Up on Award-winning Arena

September 2023 —–
POTM September 2023

The award-winning Idaho Central Credit Union Arena at the University of Idaho serves as a national model for the use of mass timber for long-span sports facilities. The 4,000-seat arena is the new home for the Vandals basketball teams and a gathering place for a variety of school and community events. It is also a learning laboratory for students in the forest and engineering departments. The design by Opsis Architecture showcases the use of locally harvested wood and mass timber structural elements, provided by Sansin partner StructureCraft. The design of the soaring, doubly-curved roof was inspired by the surrounding landscape and was built using a large glulam portal frame and 140-footlong glulam king-post trusses. The facility also includes a three-level structure housing locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and alumni center, which was constructed with a glulam post-and-beam system and DLT panels. Sansin’s factory finish penetrating protective undercoat KP-12 was applied to all exposed structural wood members, and a coat of SDF Top Coat (natural) was added for extra protection. To bring out the beauty of building’s cedar siding and create contrast, some of the shingles were finished with two coats of SDF Onyx (27) and others were protected with two coats of Sansin SDF natural. All of the shingles received a third coat of SDF Top Coat (natural).

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PRODUCTS USED IN THIS PROJECT


SDF

SDF

Penetrating one-coat finish for exterior wood.

Exceptionally versatile protection for siding, logs, decks and fences. Beautiful, durable, highly water-repellent, breathable and UV-resistant.

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SDF

SDF Topcoat

Enhanced protection in either clear or solid color.

For additional protection, top coat with this clear base tinted to your project specifications. Enhances base coats with a more saturated, finish in either clear or solid color formulas.

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KP-12

Precision Coat KP-12

Adaptable wood protection for industrial applications.

Dramatically improves topcoat performance for timbers, dimensional laminated lumber and engineered wood, while also protecting wood during construction. Can be used as the first coat of an architectural coating system.

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