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A Retrofit Ridge Beam A Retrofit Ridge Beam A giant LVL ridge beam solved the roof load problems on this two-story addition CASE STUDY by Silas Towler and Rick Schneider OCTOBER JLC 1997 Our local health center had outgrown the 50-yearold, 1,250-square-foot house they had moved into 15 years ago. The doctors, nurses, and staff needed more exam rooms, more bathrooms, private offices, and improved administrative space. We were asked to work with them in designing and building the new space. Ideas and floor plans went back and forth until we chose a plan that fit their needs and allowed them to remain open for business every day throughout the project. The existing building was a one-story, 24x36-foot Cape, with