Youth Retreat Timber Frame Lodge on Minnesota Lake

Colorado Timberframe partnered with the Hunt family to construct a lake side timber frame lodge which will host a non-profit youth camp beginning Summer 2017. The 25,000 square foot youth retreat was designed to incorporate architectural creativity for capturing the stunning views of Deer Lake. Our Air-dried Douglas fir was used to construct the 52 foot span scissor trusses in the lodge’s chapel room which was the only wood species able to achieve such large sized spans while meeting the structural engineering requirements.

Winter hits Northern Minnesota with below freezing temperatures almost six months out of the year so it was important to package the timber frame structure with a highly insulated envelope. Colorado Timberframe worked with Minnesota SIP manufacturer, Extreme Panel, to provide custom EPS wall and roof panels. The EPS panels have a high R-value and low air infiltration rate to achieve the most efficient, energy saving alternative available.

The lodge will provide a gathering space for youth groups of all ages to partake in playing games, singing songs, reading scripture, and building friendships.