Ribbon Cutting: Officially opening the first complete CLT in NYS

From catastrophe came opportunity: Come help us celebrate as we officially open our Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building!

After the devastating collapse of half of our fine woodworking division’s WWII era shop in February 2015, we regrouped and put our heads together on how to move forward. Following our ethos of the Triple Bottom Line (people, planet, and profit), it became our goal to design and re-build with new-to-New-York environmentally savvy and energy efficient materials. The result: the first complete Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building in New York State.

A combination of mass timber, heavy timber, and CLTs, the 21,000 sq ft building is the new home for our fine woodworking group, NEWwoodworks, and offers a bit of storage/shipping for our sister company, Pioneer Millworks. Other details include wood fiber insulation, reclaimed wood siding, peg laminated timber overhangs, a broadleaf maple tree post, numerous wood tools and machinery, stacks of ready to ship custom wood products, and more.

Join us to see these elements together and in use as a custom woodworking shop and shipping/loading area.

Where: New Energy Works Timberframers main campus at 1180 Commercial Dr, Farmington, NY 14425
When: Thursday, October 12, 2017
Time: 10am to 11am
Info: (585) 924-3860 for more information or help with directions

What are CLTs? A quick description might be ‘giant plywood’. More specifically, CLTs are large wooden panels, typically consisting of 3, 5, or 7 layers of dimensional lumber, oriented at right angles, glued together. The panels for our project averaged 8 feet tall and 38 feet long at 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ inch thickness. Using a crane and lulls, the panels were lifted into place and fitted by hand to the supporting timber frame. Each CLT panel has a shiplap edge that nests the panels together and is secured with metal fasteners.

We see CLTs as a wave of the future and we’ve invested in our Western New York campus to better position the region and our industry to ride the wave. The opportunities with CLTs are abundant for businesses and housing and offer dramatic environmental benefits. Wood is a naturally occurring and renewable resource which stores carbon. It has proved time and again to perform as well, and at times better than, carbon-heavy steel and concrete.

Who is Atlas?

What is wood fiber insulation?

For more, check out our previous blog post on raising this CLT project. We hope to see you at the opening!

 

Flexible and Fixed: Built-ins, Benches, and Bunks.

Need storage space? Display space? Can’t find a piece of furniture that’s the right size? Let’s talk built-ins.

What is a built-in? We’ve found a variety of pieces answer this question. Their unifying characteristic is a permanent fastening to the structure they live in. They are specifically sized to fit an existing space and are optimized for efficiency. Ranging from large to small, from simplistic to complicated, from cabinetry to bunks and benches, built-ins are varied and specific.

This built-in combines open shelving scribed around a corner post with cabinets and a live-edge top.

Our fine woodworking team, NEWwoodworks, and our design team deep dive into these pieces, aiming for designs that will suit current and future needs of the homeowners. Creating flexible pieces in a fixed or permanent space is a challenge solved with collaboration—internally and especially with the family that will live with, and interact daily with, the resulting fixture.

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Pull Up a Stool – Island Living

Grab a stool and a cutting board, or a plate, or a pencil, or a toothpick, or a tablet, or…?! Welcome to the kitchen island. Food prep, snack counter, breakfast bar, coffee cafe, homework hub, central party point, family communication center—its uses are nearly limitless.

painted and walnut island by newwoodworks

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Update on the First Complete Cross Laminated Timber Building in NY State

Enclosure, mechanicals, and moving in. What’s the latest with our CLT build?

tomorrowland CLT building exterior NEW web

We began raising the first complete Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building in New York State on our main campus in Farmington, NY in late January 2017. A combination of mass timber, heavy timber, and CLTs, the 21,000 sq ft building will house our fine woodworking division, NEWwoodworks, and offer a bit of storage/shipping for our sister company, Pioneer Millworks. Progress since May has included:

Wood fiber installation, another product which is new to the US. Also referred to as “out-sulation” since it is installed on the outside of projects, the Wood Fiber panels offer 3.5R per inch, are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, and are a carbon sink – for each 1 m3 used, up to 1 tonne of CO2 is bound within the product. Made by Steico, we found this product installed with a fair amount of ease and is performing well.

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wood fiber install tomorrowland clt new energy works

The custom CNC cut corner tree received a coat of stain and is now sheltered behind glass.

tree paint new energy works clt building

CLT tree cut out night shot new energy

Siding, including shiplap Shou Sugi Ban Color Char by Pioneer Millworks.

shou sugi ban color char siding by pioneer millworks on clt building

siding tomorrowland

Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese technique of burning wood as a preservative treatment for exterior siding. The process gives Pioneer Millworks Larch a dark, slightly iridescent look. We anticipate that in this exterior use it may change over time, depending on its exposure to the elements.

Lights! All LED lighting combined with the natural light from the clerestory make this a very bright space. Our fine woodworkers are clamoring to move in for the lighting alone!

LED lighting CLT building new eneryg works

Concrete – what a BIG pour! Lots of man power and man hours. Concrete was flowed over radiant heat throughout the shop.

KB Masonry's team handled this big pour.

KB Masonry’s team handled this big pour.

wet concrete

Concrete complete and set! Photo by Scott Hemenway.

Concrete complete and set! Sprinkler lines run…lights to come. Photo by Scott Hemenway.

Mechanicals, such a sprinklers, and duct work. Steve and Ed our maintenance duo have been hard at work installing duct work/dust collection alongside a few of our trusted partners who handled the sprinklers and other mechanicals.

Ed and Steve talk connections for the dust collection ducts.

Ed and Steve talk connections for the dust collection ducts.

Ed is a bit camera shy and did well hiding behind the pipes.

Ed is a bit camera shy and did well on the man lift hiding behind the pipes.

Mechanical room.

Mechanicals room.

Amenities including the break room and bathrooms are underway.

rooms in tomorrowland

rooms framed in

Plumbing and electric are in. Next: doors.

In use: Pioneer Millworks has begun using their storage and shipping space at the back of the building. What once seemed to be a cavernous 8,000 sq ft is filling up quickly with custom orders that are ready to ship and other weather sensitive products.

PMW storage tomorrowland

We’re on schedule to move all of our fine woodworking shop to their new space in mid-August. Check back for information on our ribbon cutting this Fall. And visit our previous blog post for more images, videos, and details of this project.

About CLTs:
CLT construction is an economically and environmentally conscious alternative to steel and concrete construction, a material that is new to the U.S. building industry.

A quick description might be ‘giant plywood’. More specifically, CLTs are large wooden panels, typically consisting of 3, 5, or 7 layers of dimensional lumber, oriented at right angles, glued together. The panels for our project averaged 8 feet tall and 38 feet long at 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ inch thickness. Using a crane and lulls, the panels were lifted into place and fitted by hand to the supporting timber frame. Each CLT panel has a shiplap edge that nests the panels together and is secured with metal fasteners.

Wood where the elbows are: Celebrating the Table.

Dining, meeting, drafting, sewing, displaying—the table is one of our most versatile pieces of furniture. They range in size, use, and style—across cultures and materials. Small functional bedside tables, wide ornate coffee tables, grand formal dining tables: each personal and flexible to nearly any imaginable design.

In this New York home, two wide reclaimed Elm thresher boards were bookended, butterfly joined, and place atop a custom fabricated metal base.

In this New York home, two wide reclaimed Elm thresher boards were bookended, butterfly joined, and placed atop a custom fabricated metal base.

For over two decades our fine woodworking group, NEWwoodworks, has been designing and crafting all varieties of tables, working out nuances and integrating creativity with functionality. Wood is this team’s preferred medium, be it antique reclaimed, live-edge, or newly sawn. Celebrating the beauty of the wood is instinctual with these craftsmen.

Headed for its new life as a bar height community table this creation has intentionally selected planks from original Foundry Maple flooring with a resin pour finish atop a powder coated custom steel base.

Headed for its new life as a bar height community table, this creation has intentionally selected planks from original Foundry Maple flooring with a resin pour finish atop a powder coated custom steel base.

Completed last week, this boat-shaped conference room table has a top crafted from Reclaimed Settlers’ Plank Mixed Hardwoods and a base of what we like to call “Toasted” Oak. Also integrated into the top are three power tilt-ups.

conference table reclaimed hardwoods newwoodworks custom reclaimed hardwoods conference table newwoodworks
Working alongside our Architectural and Interior Designer, Andrew, the NEWwoodworks craftsmen recently made two tables for our showroom remodel. Both are intended to provide additional work surfaces and meeting spaces for clients and co-workers alike.

A modified “waterfall” effect has the reclaimed Tropical Hardwood Mix of one of the tables dripping over the edge towards the floor:

reclaimed exotic hardwoods waterfall table newwoodworks

The original stamps marking the approval of this wood for overseas use via a form of kiln drying.

The original stamps marking the reclaimed exotic hardwoods are pest free.

Not to be missed is the “suspension” table, an idea that has been percolating in the NEWwoodworks group for some time. Crafted of mixed oak with a dark wash stain, the deep wood color draws attention to the metal suspension components:

suspension oak table by newwoodworks

Live-edge tables are always intriguing with their organic edges and truly one-of-a-kind shapes. Several tables designed by Rob, manager of our NEWwoodworks group, celebrate live edges and “x” bases in a Kentucky farmhouse:

The root burl of a large walnut tree was carefully maintained to create a live-edge end on this farmhouse table.

The root burl of a large walnut tree was carefully maintained to create a live-edge end on this farmhouse table.

Similar to the dining table, walnut end tables have one-of-a-kind live-edges in this Kentucky home.

Similar to the dining table, walnut end tables have one-of-a-kind live-edges in this Kentucky home.

Figured cherry maintains a live edge with a low height traditional for coffee tables.

Figured cherry maintains a live edge with a low height traditional for coffee tables.


Reclaimed wood
lends other interesting character marks and hard-earned patinas to any fine woodworking project:

Old French white oak and domestic barrel/vat staves were repurposed into a pier table off the kitchen island, ideally situated for family meals.

Old French white oak and domestic barrel/vat staves were repurposed into a pier table off the kitchen island, ideally situated for family meals.

Incorporating our torsion box design and a mixture of reclaimed hardwoods, Parsons-style tables offer space for patrons of a Florida-based bank:

reclaimed hardwoods box communal tables

In another commercial space, Kindred Fare, a large walnut table with contrasting butterfly joinery and a trestle base (crafted of reclaimed Hemlock) seats 10+:

custom walnut table kindred fare by newwoodworks

An extra large, curving edged Settlers’ Plank reclaimed oak conference table easily seats 20+ as demonstrated by some of the NEWwoodworks team:

nww crew at SP table

As we find with any fine woodworking, so much is in the details. Custom designs are made better with detailed execution and specific attention to each wood plank’s grain and character, to overall dimensions, to what base material and style fits best, to the shape of an apron (or not having an apron at all!), to what joinery is applied, to the finish, and much more.

In the details: A reclaimed beech table with thru-tenon aprons and pyramid pegs.

In the details: A reclaimed beech table with live edge, thru-tenon aprons, and walnut pyramid pegs.

The more challenging and more unique, the better for this team. What table is in your imagination? Let us know – we can help bring it to life.

A well-loved 'timber' table in the NEWwoodworks showroom celebrates live edges and original mortise pockets suspended from heavy Douglas fir timber legs.

A well-loved ‘timber’ table in the NEWwoodworks showroom celebrates live edges and original mortise pockets in its top, all suspended from heavy Douglas fir timber legs.