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

The 25,000 square foot youth retreat was intentionally designed to incorporate architectural creativity for capturing the stunning views of Deer Lake. Coastal air-dried Douglas Fir was used to construct the 52 foot span scissor trusses in the chapel room attached to the lodge. This was the only wood species able to achieve such large sized spans while meeting the structural engineering requirements.

Winter hit Northern Minnesota with cold temperatures so it was important to wrap the frame in a highly insulated envelope. Colorado Timberframe worked with a SIP manufacturer out of Cottonwood, Minnesota to fabricate and install EPS panels. EPS panels provide a tight building envelope with an extremely low amount of air infiltration and high R-values. R-value is a measure of thermal resistance. Under uniform conditions it is the ratio of the temperature difference across an insulator and the heat flux that goes through it. The Hunts chose to wrap the structure with both wall and roof panels to achieve the most efficient, energy saving alternative available.

 

 

 

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