Design Week Portland: Crafting With Heavy Timbers

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Design Week Portland 2017 has come to a close, but not before New Energy Works threw an event showcasing residential heavy timber framing and solar panels. On April 26th, 2017 outside of New Energy Works SE Portland Studio in Oregon, a couple of our timber framers raised heavy timbers crafting an 18 foot by 10 foot carport structure.

Quinn, Darren and Mike finishing up the frame.

Quinn, Darren, and Mike finish 
up the frame.

Zero nuts, bolts and screws. Just wood joinery.

Zero nuts, bolts and screws.
Just wood joinery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After completing the frame, our colleagues at Syncro Solor came by and attached four, 345 watt,
solar panels to the top. Synchro Solar is a locally-owned, full service solar energy contractor serving Oregon and Southwest Washington that specializes in the design and installation of completely custom solar electric and solar water heating systems.

4 solar panels atop Douglas fir timbers

4 solar panels atop Douglas fir timbers

The event was from 2 – 4 pm. Our guests were a range of architects, builders, and artisans. We shared information about timber framing, cross laminated timber, the environment and what New Energy Works is all about.

Jonathan Orpin presents to DWP guests about timber framing.

Jonathan Orpin presents to DWP guests about timber framing.

The morning had started out a bit rainy, but the sun broke free of the clouds and we ventured outside to have a closer look at the carport and the timber framers manipulating timbers.

Checking out the timber frame as a group.

Checking out the timber frame
as a group.

Darren using a large drill into Douglas fir timber.

Darren drilling into a Douglas fir timber.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re excited to send all proceeds and donations from the event went to Community Energy Project. With hundreds of trained volunteers, they reach low-income households, providing life-changing services to thousands of diverse clients. They offer free community workshops that teach practical skills to make homes safer and more energy efficient as well as in-home services to weatherize and repair homes for people in need. To further help support Community Energy Project buy tickets to their spring social event here.

Community Energy Project's booth at the event.

Community Energy Project’s booth at the event.

Our thanks to everyone who attended and our friends at Synchro Solar and Community Energy Project, for joining us on this venture. As well as a special thanks to Cascade Wester Representatives for all of their help with equipment and supplies.

In Their Words: Patrick Rogers, The Pike Company, West Henrietta, NY

Located near downtown Rochester, this project put a contemporary twist on timber framing by combining elements of pavilion, trellis, and pergola designs. The resulting 1,000 square foot space serves as a break room, gathering space, lunch room, and more with its relaxed open style. Employees can enjoy nature through large windows and doors that open to the exterior spaces. The radio frequency dried Douglas fir timbers are oversized to accommodate heavy snow common to upstate NY.

Patrick Rodgers of The Pike Company, the project builders, wrote:

“Pike and our many great subcontractors including New Energy Works poured their heart and soul into this project. Great Design + Great Build = Great Design/Build. We really enjoyed the teamwork and getting the best results through early collaboration, and most importantly, are excited the customer is happy. Well done.”

The architect for the Break Room Retreat project was HBT Architects.

Photos by Scott Hemenway.

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In Their Words: Bob, R&L Home Improvement, Bedford, NY

Existing stone walls provided the perfect base to fit this outdoor pavilion-inspired living space. Painted to match the trellis, the timbers were further embellished with elegant lambs-tongue chamfering, offset by contrasting oiled Douglas fir ceiling tongue and groove. Clipped gables offer protection from the elements and a visually pleasing roof-line.

Bob of R&L Home Improvement, the GC for this pavilion wrote:

“I was really impressed with the professionalism of New Energy Works’ crew and the quality of the company’s work. Their team raised the frame smoothly and efficiently – these guys know what they’re doing! All in all, a great experience with a top notch product.”

Photosrandl_timber_pavilion_bedford_nyIMG_9136-HDR by Alon Koppel.

Bully Hill Vineyards Transformed by Timber Framing

We worked closely with Bully Hill Vineyards on this two phase project to create open-air spaces that would allow patrons to enjoy stunning views of Keuka Lake along with great wine and food. Raising and construction was completed during the winter months while the business was mostly closed down, and finished for the grand re-opening in May. Life in the Finger Lakes Magazine featured this recap of the changes at Bully Hill Vineyards:

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