The Thompson Exhibition Building at Mystic Seaport Museum, which opened in 2016, received an award Friday from the WoodWorks-Wood Products Council, based in Washington, D.C. Recognized in the “Commercial Wood Design–Low-Rise” category, the 14,000-square-foot building received one of the nine national awards bestowed by WoodWorks, which provides technical support, education and resources related to the design of wood commercial and multifamily buildings.
Centerbrook Architects, of Centerbrook, Conn., designed the building under the leadership of Chad Floyd and Charles Mueller. The architects chose to use Douglas fir glulam beams, an engineered wood product made from glued, laminated timber that can be curved into complex shapes and used for extra-long spans and heavy loads. At 105-feet-long each, the beams span the entire width of the building.