Timber Frame Pavilions Crafted by New Energy Works Timberframers for the New Outdoor Center at the Saratoga Regional YMCA are Now Open

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New Energy Works Timberframers were engaged by Munter Enterprises, Inc. general contractors to craft and install the timber frame elements for a community pavilion and an archery pavilion on the grounds of the Saratoga Regional YMCA in Saratoga Springs, NY. The Grand Opening of the SRYMCA’s Outdoor Center was held on June 24, 2016.

The community pavilion that New Energy Works Timberframers created for the Saratoga Regional YMCA has a scissors truss design that forms a vaulted ceiling and creates optimal space for activities.

The community pavilion timber frame that New Energy Works created for the Saratoga Regional YMCA has a scissors truss design that forms a vaulted ceiling and creates optimal space for activities.

We’re excited to have additional space for new educational and experiential programs for our community. The timber frames are beautiful and functional.

Saratoga Regional YMCA contracted Munter Enterprises to design and build additional outdoor spaces to meet the aspirations of the growing YMCA community. Munter Enterprises was assisted by Paone Architecture, PC in designing the multi-use, timber framed spaces. New Energy Works Timberframers crafted and raised two pavilions at the Saratoga Regional YMCA in May of 2016.

In addition to New Energy Works Timberframers and Munter Enterprises, The LA Group was brought on for site planning, and WJ Morris was responsible for excavating the property. These combined efforts resulted in the new Outdoor Center at the Saratoga Regional YMCA which provides increased capacity for summer camp programs, experiential learning, and recreational activities. The Grand Opening of the SRYMCA’s Outdoor Center was held on June 24, 2016.

The main pavilion is intended for use as an open-air classroom and community space; the second pavilion is designated for archery. “We’re excited to have additional space for new educational and experiential programs for our community. The timber frames are beautiful and functional,” said Sean Andrews, CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

For commercial or residential projects, timber frame pavilions and pergolas allow people to engage the landscape and enjoy nature while providing shelter. The YMCA’s 4,340-square-foot community pavilion was made by New Energy Works Timberframers of fresh sawn Douglas fir. It has a scissor truss design, in which the bottom chord members cross each other, connecting to the angled girts, creating a vaulted ceiling that resembles an opened pair of scissors. The archery pavilion is a post-supported rafter frame with structural timber purlins.

Timber framing is the use of heavy timbers structurally joined together through mortise and tenon, held in place with hardwood pegs, utilizing wooden brackets and braces with various truss/bent designs. The age-old craft is sought after not only for its aesthetic, but also for the longevity and efficiency it provides over more conventional building methods.

The YMCA staff is excited about the diverse programming that the new Outdoor Center will initiate, such as an adventure course with a zip line, low ropes and high ropes elements, outdoor basketball court, and a baseball field. With this additional outdoor space, the Saratoga Regional YMCA will no longer have to turn away potential summer camp participants.

The Saratoga Regional YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. With over 25,000 members and 750 employees the YMCA has evolved and grown with the community over the past 150 years. This additional pavilion space is valuable to its continued growth and community engagement.

New Energy Works Timberframers have been designing and building environmentally responsible timber frames across the USA for more than 30 years from their facilities in Oregon and New York. Offerings include: Timber Framing (design, engineering, manufacturing, build), Enclosure Systems, Fine Woodworking, and Recycled and Sustainable wood products. New Energy Works has two LEED AP staff members, is a member of the US Green Building Council, and is FSC Certified.

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